Obama Invites Egypt's Morsi to Meeting in U.S.
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- 2012 Jul 10
President Obama has invited Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi to meet with him on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York in September, CBN News reports. It will be the first-ever visit to the United States by a Muslim Brotherhood member. On June 28, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated the Muslim Brotherhood on its victory in the presidential elections, a year after saying the Obama administration "would welcome" dialogue with the extremist Islamic group. Obama first reached out to the Muslim world in early June 2009 during his speech in Cairo, and last year during the Egyptian revolution that ousted former U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak, the Obama administration appeared to shift its support to the Muslim Brotherhood. Until last year, the Muslim Brotherhood was considered a terrorist organization by the State Department. It is also credited with spawning most present-day terror groups, from Hamas to al Qaeda, and has threatened to break Egypt's 30-year peace treaty with Israel.