Jared Kushner's meeting with Egypt's minister of foreign affairs will take place after all, despite earlier reports that the meeting was called off after the Trump administration announced Tuesday it would be delaying and cutting foreign aid to Egypt.
Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, and members of the U.S. delegation were scheduled to meet Wednesday with Sameh Shoukry, the minister of foreign affairs, in Cairo. The Associated Press reported earlier the meeting had been removed from Shoukry's schedule following the Trump administration's announcement regarding foreign aid to Egypt.
But the AP reported later Wednesday the meeting would proceed as originally planned.
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will deny more than $95 million in foreign aid to Egypt and delay $195 million more. The withholding of aid was over Egypt's failure to make progress on human rights issues and democratic norms.
Egypt receives $1.5 billion from the U.S. annually.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is still scheduled to meet Wednesday with the U.S. delegation, which in addition to Kushner includes Jason Greenblatt, U.S. envoy for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. decision to cut aid funding is "a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades, and reflects the lack of understanding of the importance of supporting the stability and success of Egypt."
NOTE: This story was updated after an earlier version reported that the meeting had been called off.