The United States has announced plans to allocate special funding for Middle Eastern and North African countries with ongoing upheavals.
The White House says the nearly 800-million dollar fund is needed to boost political and other reforms in Arab countries. Unnamed officials say that the fund could be used for countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt.
US Deputy Secretary of State, Thomas R. Nides, has said the money will provide Washington with necessary tools and flexibility to fund its initiatives in the Arab countries. Obama budget has retained the 1.3 billion dollars in military assistance for Egypt. However, several US lawmakers have called for a halt to US aid to Egypt over Cairo's recent crackdown on American NGOs operating in the country.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for (Persian) Gulf Affairs (IGA), to further discuss the issue.