Egypt Dialogue of the Deaf

As a debt crisis gathers, Mubarak gets sympathy but no cash

At the top of the agenda when Vice President George Bush sat down last week with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was an urgent request that the U.S. help alleviate Egypt's burgeoning economic problems. Bush, who was winding up a three-nation Middle East tour, demurred. Pleading that he "didn't come here to cry poor mouth," the Vice President nonetheless declared that the U.S. was "facing very difficult budgetary times" and could not guarantee an increase of its $2.2 billion in annual aid to Cairo. But he did promise to discuss Egypt's needs with President Reagan. Said Bush: "A stable Egypt is vitally...

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