The amount withheld from Egypt represents 10 percent of the approximately $1.3 billion in military aid provided by America to Egypt annually.
The officials added that Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, determined that Cairo had made some progress on political arrests and due process by releasing hundreds of prisoners.
During the past months, there were reports that the United States intends to deprive Egypt of military aid worth $130 million; Because of human rights concerns.
In September 2021, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that aid would be withheld if Egypt did not address specific human rights conditions indicated by Washington.
Rights groups and researchers estimate that Egypt currently holds at least 60,000 political prisoners whose only crime has been criticizing the government, or accused of terrorist activities, according to the New York Times.