The United States will deliver eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, the U.S. embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Thursday, part of a military package that had been unfrozen earlier this year.

The statement said Washington would deliver four more F-16s to Egypt this autumn.

Despite U.S. lawmakers’ concerns that Egypt is lagging on democratic reforms, Egyptremains one of Washington’s closest security allies in the region. […]