by Jessica Wolfe
edited by Catherine Tersoni
Major military exercises in Egypt are being pushed for by General Joseph L. Votel, head of United States Central Command, according to the New York Times.
Military exercises in Egypt were halted by President Obama in 2015. A new, warmer relationship with Egypt has provided an opportunity to resume this program in light of a growing threat from militant Islamic extremists.
“It is my goal to get that exercise back on track and try to re-establish that as another key part of our military relationship,” said Votel.
Resuming the exercises means that Egypt, which currently receives 1.3 billion dollars a year in American aid, will receive more federal funding from the United States.
Republican senators have expressed some resistance to the idea, however, as a way to show their discontent with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s desire to pass strict laws on civil society.
If military exercises are resumed, it will likely take a minimum of 18 months to organize and fund.