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Exclusive: U.S. to resume formal Muslim Brotherhood contacts
Reuters ^ | June 29, 2011 | Arshad Mohammed

Posted on 06/29/2011 11:40:26 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, in a step that reflects the Islamist group's growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its U.S. backers.

"The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing," said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency."

The official sought to portray the shift as a subtle evolution rather than a dramatic change in Washington's stance toward the Brotherhood, a group founded in 1928 that seeks to promote its conservative vision of Islam in society.

Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with Brotherhood members of parliament who had won seats as independents -- a diplomatic fiction that allowed them to keep lines of communication open.

Where U.S. diplomats previously dealt only with group members in their role as parliamentarians, a policy the official said had been in place since 2006, they will now deal directly with low-level Brotherhood party officials.

There is no U.S. legal prohibition against dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood itself, which long ago renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt and which is not regarded by Washington as a foreign terrorist organization.

But other sympathetic groups, such as Hamas, which identifies the Brotherhood as its spiritual guide, have not disavowed violence against the state of Israel.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
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1 posted on 06/29/2011 11:40:29 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh, my gosh. Hillary is loose again! “Smart power” I believe she calls it.

2 posted on 06/29/2011 11:45:46 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: RitaOK

What’s to resume... hasn’t there been direct linkage to the WH since Jan 2009?

3 posted on 06/29/2011 11:57:24 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess now NASA can teach them to build rockets and stuff. For science purposes of course.

4 posted on 06/30/2011 12:24:11 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Huma and Hillary are the enemy within the gates. She pushed the Libyan war to help the Muslim Brotherhood destroy America and Western Civilization. BJ Clinton enabled Osama bin Ladin and al Qaida. The Clintons are traitors. They sold top secret military technology to the ChiComs in the 90’s. Hanging for treason is too good for them.

5 posted on 06/30/2011 12:48:37 AM PDT by Blado (Audemus jura nostra defendere)
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To: C210N
What’s to resume... hasn’t there been direct linkage to the WH since Jan 2009?

They're pretending they had no involvement and didn't know this would happen.

We're supposed to pretend we believe them.


6 posted on 06/30/2011 12:55:08 AM PDT by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)
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To: Blado

That traitors are Congress which created
the false documents, encouraged the perjury,
and DID NOTHING to protect America or the Constitution.

7 posted on 06/30/2011 3:04:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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