In reaction to reports today that Egypt has lifted the travel ban on the remaining Americans being prosecuted for their association with pro-democracy nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement.
"I have worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to bring attention to the unjust actions of the Egyptian government, and I insisted that my colleagues in the Senate debate, consider, and vote on my amendment to deny Egypt any U.S. foreign aid unless they ended their attempt to prosecute these Americans. Now that Egypt has begun to relent, it is clear that the growing pressure on Egypt from the U.S. government - including from Congress - was a factor in their decision," Sen. Paul said. "Egypt must now follow through by allowing these brave Americans to leave, and I look forward to their safe return to U.S. soil."