Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a congressional hearing on Tuesday that the United States would likely provide Egypt with F-15 fighter jets.
“I think we have good news in that we’re going to provide them with F-15s, which was a long, hard slog,” he said, according to Reuters.
The Biden administration had cut $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human-rights concerns. Last month, McKenzie visited Cairo and mentioned “very robust” military assistance.
The withheld funds represent 10 percent of the $1.3 billion that the United States has earmarked for Egypt annually since 2017.
At the same time, according to Reuters, Washington approved a $2.5 billion defense-sales agreement for Egypt, which includes advanced air-defense radars and C-130 Super Hercules transport aircraft.