Obama lifts weapons ban on Egypt

March 31, 2015 7:24 PM

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WASHINGTON — President Obama ended an arms ban on Egypt Tuesday, clearing a transfer of weapons as the government in Cairo considers military actions against extremists in Yemen and Libya.

Obama told Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi in a phone call that he will "lift executive holds" that have been in place since October 2013, when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, according to a White House statement.

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