A scheduled meeting between Egypt's Foreign minister and top U.S. presidential advisor Jared Kushner was aborted at the last minute Wednesday, just hours after the U.S. withdrew tens of millions of dollars in aid.
The foreign ministry would not give a reason for the cancellation of the meeting, however, it was dropped from Sameh Shoukry's schedule immediately after Egypt's foreign minister released a statement condemning the U.S.'s decision to pull funds.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that the U.S. is denying $95.7 million in aid to Egypt and has plans to delay a further $195 million on the basis of human rights failures, according to two U.S. sources familiar with the matter.
Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the plans highlighted the U.S.'s poor judgement and lack of understanding of the situation in Egypt.
"Egypt sees this measure as reflecting poor judgement of the strategic relationship that ties the two countries over long decades and as adopting a view that lacks an accurate understanding of the importance of supporting Egypt's stability," the foreign ministry said.
It added that the decision could have "negative implications" for the shared goals of the two countries.