Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday promised a decision soon about a restoration of military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the military takeover of the country in 2013.

Mr. Kerry spoke at a government-sponsored economic development conference here in this Red Sea resort city, intending to convey American support for promises of economic liberalization laid out by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general who led the military takeover in 2013.

American-made Apache helicopters buzzed low overhead during his remarks as a reminder of the importance that Egypt attaches to American military aid. […]