Egypt Maintains Stand Against US Funding for Some NGOs

    The Egyptian government is standing by its decision to reject U.S. financing of unregistered non-governmental organizations in the country, with a senior government official saying such groups “must cease work immediately.”

    Fayza Abouelnaga, Egypt’s minister for planning and international cooperation, stressed that these organizations are not authorized to operate in the country because they do not comply with the rules set by the foreign ministry office. She added that recent data provided by the U.S. embassy in Cairo regarding the number of U.S. and local organizations the United States has been supporting financially “does not justify the continuation of the financing.”

    Abouelnaga clarified that the Egyptian government recognizes the importance of foreign funding but stressed donors and recipients should comply with agreed-upon rules. Further, aid should only be used for development-related initiatives, Al-Masry Al-Youm, a privately owned Egyptian newspaper, reports.

    The Egyptian government rejected in May an offer of economic assistance from the United States because it did not consider the aid to be essential. The government also disapproved of how the United States intended to implement aid, including by providing funds to civil society organizations.

    Several Egyptian officials have also accused the United States of crossing the line between helping Egypt rebuild following the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in an uprising early this year and interfering in the country’s national affairs.

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