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Bridget Johnson


August 5, 2013 - 3:22 pm

The Muslim Brotherhood announced that it held a meeting with an American delegation on Saturday, including the U.S. ambassador reviled among the Tamarod movement for cozying up with the Islamists.

“At the invitation of the Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, and in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Egypt and the European Union special representative Bernardino León, a meeting with the Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, at 11AM on Saturday, August 3, 2013,” Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website.

“We strongly reject foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, and at the same time, we welcome the international community’s announced respect for the principles of democracy and human rights and its renunciation of military coups and massacres,” the Brotherhood said.

Ambassador Anne Patterson’s image has been held up alongside President Obama’s by the secular demonstrators who ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power as two deemed complicit in the Islamists’ reign.

The State Department released no information about such a meeting, but spokeswoman Marie Harf did confirm “we have the goal of helping the Egyptians get back to a democratically elected, inclusive government.”

Burns, along with León and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Qatar, visited detained deputy chief of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Khairat el-Shater on Sunday evening, Harf said.

“This visit was conducted in the context of ongoing diplomatic efforts to prevent further violence, calm tensions and facilitate an inclusive dialogue among Egyptians that can help the transition to a democratically elected civilian government,” she said. “I would also underscore that this meeting was done with the cooperation of the Egyptian authorities.”

She wouldn’t get into details of what was discussed, or confirm the report that el-Shater told Burns that he needed to talk to Morsi instead.

“The deputy secretary is making the same points that we’ve made repeatedly, that we all are encouraging the Egyptians to be part of an inclusive process, that includes the Muslim Brotherhood. And I’m sure those points will be made in the variety of other meetings he has on the ground as well,” Harf said. “As of right now, there are no plans for him to meet with Mohamed Morsi.”

“The message he’s sending is the message we’ve been saying all along, that there is an incentive for the Muslim Brotherhood to be a part of an inclusive process. And it’s best for the people of Egypt; it’s best for the process and for the Muslim Brotherhood to be a part of it going forward,” she added.

“I don’t have further details on their discussion, other than to say he’s continuing to make the point with them and everyone else about the necessity of an inclusive process.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Once again, our tone deaf "administration" bumbles and fumbles along the path of continuing incompetence and embarrassment...the Egyptian people obviously DO NOT WANT the mooslim bruthahood in power no matter how much Dear Leader wants them in charge. They (Egyptians) already identify our president and our ambassador with the MB (funny...our media doesn't associate the two); this attempt to either buy off the military or convince (buy off) the MB to accept defeat (for now) will only result in further loss of face for us in a region where we are pretty much irrelevant nowadays anyway. How many BILLIONS will we p!ss away this time, into the hands of some corrupt mooslim(s), for exactly no results? Wonder why we sent such a high level delegation to such a dangerous region with the supposed huge terror threat ominously hanging over our embassies?

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As usual, the bottom line is this; how much American money will it take for you to participate, regardless of the outcome?
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