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John Kerry, Egypt link US aid to economic talks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after its president promised to complete negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms.

In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohammed Morsi, Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypt’s ‘‘extreme needs’’ and Morsi’s assurance that Egypt would reach an agreement with the IMF after more than a year of talks over a $4.8 billion loan package.

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