Unfortunately such is the state of current affairs. A prominent Egyptian official is telling his constituency, and the world, the reason Egypt and U.S. relations are so poor is because President Obama and John Kerry demand the Severe Islamists be included in policy decisions.
Egypt categorically rejects the considerations of radical Islamic extremism, and will not bow to pressure from the United States to be more accommodating toward the radicals within the Muslim Brotherhood.
Fatah el-Sisi is going to be speaking to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 25th. I’m thinking that David Cameron and President Obama should be forced to sit in the front row and listen to a real leader who understands the extremist problem.
(EGYPT) Nabil Fahmy, the former Egyptian foreign minister and a previous ambassador to the US, said that relations between Cairo and Washington remain strained because of the US’s insistence of allowing Islamists to participate in the political process.
In an Egyptian television interview on Sunday evening, Fahmy said that “the Americans have not appropriately learned the lesson of dealing with terrorism” and that they “contacted us constantly in order to integrate streams of political Islam into the political process,” the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm reported.
He added, however, that Egypt “pursued the will of the people” and did not give in to outside pressure.
Fahmy also said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would give a historic speech at this year’s UN General Assembly session to be held later this month in New York.
Egypt-US relations have deteriorated since Sisi came to power in a coup, which the Obama administration criticized. The US has sought to pressure Cairo to ease its clampdown on the Brotherhood – by freezing aid and weapons deliveries.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Habib, a former deputy Brotherhood leader, who left the group last year in protest at its post- Mubarak policies, said that the Brotherhood communicated with extremist groups in Sinai and set up training camps with them, after president Mohamed Morsi was elected in June 2012, the El-Watan newspaper reported on Monday.
In related news, Maj.-Gen. Sayed Safiq, assistant to the interior minister, said he discussed the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood members who fled Egypt with Interpol, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported on Monday. (read more)