US will not meet Muslim Brotherhood during visit

The US has said that it will not meet the Muslim Brotherhood that is currently visiting Washington.

US will not meet Muslim Brotherhood during visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. said Tuesday that it will not meet with a Muslim Brotherhood delegation that is currently visiting Washington.

“The State Department is not planning a meeting with the visiting delegation,” spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters.

Asked why the foreign office will not meet with the delegation, Rathke said that while the State Department remains “in contact with groups across the political spectrum in Egypt”, internal deliberation led officials to decide against a meeting. 

"We haven't changed our policy," Rathke added. "But we don't have any plans to meet with this group at this particular time."

The Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed and had its assets seized in 2013 just months after former President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the party, was ousted from power by the military amid mass protests in the country.

The group’s leader, Mohammed Badie, and Morsi, have been sentenced to death along with senior Brotherhood leaders.

More than 742 death sentences have been passed against alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters since Morsi was overthrown, according to Amnesty International.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2015, 08:58
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