U.S.: will announce Egypt aid decision after diplomatic notification

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 9, 2013 1:28pm EDT

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters about Obamacare from the briefing room of the White House in Washington September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks to reporters about Obamacare from the briefing room of the White House in Washington September 25, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will announce the future of its assistance to Egypt after making appropriate diplomatic and congressional notifications, the White House said on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington would continue to work with Egypt's interim government.

A U.S. official said on Tuesday the United States was leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counter-terrorism and other security priorities. Egypt has been among the largest recipients of U.S. military and economic aid for decades.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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