Egypt "Obama keep your aid"Submitted by meekandmild on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 07:42
* Anti-American sentiment deepens
* Egypt could look to Russia for arms
* Saudi and Israeli frustration
By Yasmine Saleh and Asma Alsharif
CAIRO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. decision to curtail military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere and giving Washington less leverage to stabilise a country in the heart of the Middle East.
Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace treaty with neighbouring Israel but its army overthrew the first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July.
The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles to Cairo as well as $260 million in cash aid to push the army-backed government to steer the nation towards democracy.