U.S. officials not meeting with Muslim Brotherhood: State Department

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials will not meet with visiting members of a delegation from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.

Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

"There was never any meeting planned," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a news briefing. "We haven't reversed a decision. We've met with them in the past, and our policy remains the same."

The tensions reflect a clash between U.S. diplomats' desire to deal with the whole political spectrum in Egypt and a fear of alienating Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who toppled a Muslim Brotherhood-led government in 2013.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey)