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US dilemma: Should it cut aid?

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EGYPT, Cairo : US Republican Senator John McCain speaks during a joint press conference with fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (unseen) on August 6, 2013 in Cairo. The two leading US Senators urged Egypt's leaders to engage in an "inclusive" dialogue with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi as a way out of the crippling political crisis. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

While condemning the use of force by the military-backed interim government in Egypt on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, many US lawmakers expressed concern that halting aid would further erode US influence over a key regional ally. US Sen John McCain, who called for suspending the US$1.3 billion in annual aid to the military after it overthrew Morsi in early July, said Washington risked losing credibility if it continued to turn a blind eye to the bloody crackdown. Others like Democratic Sen Richard Blumenthal said cutting off aid could endanger the peace treaty with Israel or compromise US privileges with regard to the Suez Canal.

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