Egyptian parliament mulls cutting aid from U.S.


(JTA) — The Egyptian parliament may vote on a measure that would cut $1 billion in U.S. foreign assistance. 

A resolution was introduced in parliament on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. The vote, which would be largely symbolic, reflects the growing tensions between the United States and the newly installed Islamist-dominated parliament over the arrest of American foreign aid workers last month.

The U.S. threatened to withhold foreign assistance from the Egyptian government unless the aid workers were released and cleared of all charges.  

Following the release of the aid workers on March 1, Egyptian lawmakers moved toward a vote of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri after complaining that the U.S. has no respect for Egyptian sovereignty. 

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