US reaches out to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

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SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: A once reluctant United States is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood in a nod to Egypt’s new political reality, but concerns linger about the group’s attitude toward minorities, women and the peace treaty with Israel. In the wake of president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political arm, has claimed the lead in the final stage of parliamentary elections after leading throughout. Liberal and secular opposition parties have fared poorly. “It’s clear that they (the Brotherhood) are now the only game in town,” and US officials must talk to them, said Marina Ottaway, who heads the Middle East program…

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