American officials announced that the Obama administration would not declare the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the military a coup.
July 25, 2013
State Department’s official William Burns told lawmakers about the decision in a meeting with members of the House and Senate, unnamed US officials told the Associated Press.
Washington remained silent following the coup, but the new announcement would pave the way for the United States to continue providing $1.5 billion in annual aid to the African state.
Under US law, financial assistance to any country whose elected head of state is deposed in a military coup is prohibited.
In an interview with Press TV, political analyst Michael Burns said the United States is trying to protect the interests of Israel regarding the recent chaos in Egypt.
“In respect to Egypt, we are trying to protect the interests of Israel,” he said.