President Barack Obama will release F-16 attack aircraft, missiles and $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt that was frozen after a 2013 military coup, the White House said Tuesday.

Mr. Obama told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about the decision in a Tuesday call. In its decision, the White House said it would release 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits.

The White House also announced that it would continue to ask Congress for $1.3 billion a year in annual aid to Egypt, meaning that the Middle Eastern country will continue to be the second-largest recipient of military aid. […]