Obama reviews aid to Egypt, urges return to civilian rule

Barack Obama said Thursday he was deeply concerned by the Egyptian military’s move to topple President Mohamed Morsi’s government – which he stopped short of calling a coup d’etat – and urged the army to hand back control to a democratic, civilian government without delay. He ordered his administration to assess what the military's actions meant for US foreign aid to Egypt — $1.5 billion a year in military and economic assistance. “I now call on the Egyptian military… to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters.”

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