World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Foreign Ministry has defended a government decision to hire Glover Park Group, a US lobby firm, to communicate its message to the US administration and Congress.
In a statement late Saturday, the Ministry described the move as part of efforts to "develop Egypt's tools in communicating with decision-makers in the United States."
It described Glover Park Group as "an important US PR firm that enjoys considerable influence with decision-making circles in the US."
The military-backed interim government has come under fire from its critics over the hiring the lobby firm, which reportedly charges Egypt nearly $250,000 a month.
The Foreign Ministry insisted that hiring a lobby firm in the US is common among several world countries keen on facilitating their communication with American decision-makers.
It noted that consecutive Egyptian government have always done the same, expect under President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military on July 3.
The Foreign Ministry claimed that contracting the US lobby firm "does not cost the government any financial burdens."
Observers say the contract with Glover Park Group, touted as one of the leading lobbying firms in the US, aims to boost the image of the interim government in the US.
Washington has recently decided to suspend the delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt and withhold $260 million in cash assistance to Egypt to signal dissatisfaction with the slow pace of restoring democratic rule following the ouster of Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 17:14