US halts delivery of F-16 jets to Egypt due to unrest

"Given the current situation in Egypt we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s," spokesman George Little told reporters.

US halts delivery of F-16 jets to Egypt due to unrest

World Bulletin/News Desk

The United States has decided not to go ahead with the delivery to Egypt of four F-16 fighter jets due to unrest in the country, the Pentagon said Wednesday, dpa reported.

"Given the current situation in Egypt we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s," spokesman George Little told reporters.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel informed Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi of the decision in a phone call, Little said.

The US is examining whether president Mohammed Morsi's removal on July 3 was a coup, which would trigger a legal requirement to cut off aid. The four fighter jets were scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday as part of a US military aid package.

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