Egypt to review foreign aid amid intl criticism

Updated: 2013-08-18 19:53


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CAIRO - Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Sunday that he asked that all foreign aid be reviewed objectively and reasonably.

Fahmy made his remarks during a televised press conference held amid severe international criticism and pressure over the current developments in Egypt.

"I don't think the foreign aid is an interference in the domestic affairs," Fahmy said, adding Egypt appreciates the international help and cooperation.

However, the top Egyptian diplomat said he has instructed the Foreign Ministry to review the aid provided to Egypt to determine "if it is useful or is provided as pressure."

"We welcome the international efforts, but the national security is a matter of domestic affair," he said, reaffirming that Egypt is open for the international society, but rejects polarization for political interests.

Meanwhile, ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Aati called on all the media outlets to be neutral, balanced and professional when covering incidents in Egypt.