US Commits $7 billion for Arab Spring Countries Including Egypt

US President Obama’s FY 2015 budget request for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is $46.2 billion.  A sum of $7 billion has been allocated in the USA’s FY 2015 budget to bolster security and economic partnerships with countries across the MENA and North Africa regions, the US Department of State said in a statement on Tuesday.

The grant is to provide robust support for Israel and Jordan while helping countries in transition like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.

“At its heart, this budget is designed to protect America’s national security. It supports our crucial engagement in the Middle East, including our partnerships with key allies like Israel and Jordan, and maintains robust support for partners in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Lebanon.”

In addition, part of the $7 billion grant will be directed to help the Syrian people, particularly by providing life-sustaining aid to those displaced by conflict; to address the regional impact of the Syrian conflict; and to promote successful transitions and reforms in the region.

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