Friday, January 6, 2012

US: Muslim Brotherhood says it won't break treaty

That might not appease the neocons:

The Muslim Brotherhood assured the United States that it will not break the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty despite public statements to the contrary, a State Department spokesperson said Thursday.

"We have had other assurances from the party with regard to their commitment not only to universal human rights, but to the international obligations that the Government of Egypt has undertaken," State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a briefing.

The Muslim Brotherhood party’s deputy leader Dr. Rashad Bayoumi said the group will not recognize Israel “under any circumstance,” in an interview published in the Arabic daily al-Hayat on Sunday. “The Brotherhood respects international conventions, but we will take legal action against the peace treaty with the Zionist entity,” he told the paper.

Nuland said that the Muslim Brotherhood was not a monolithic organization, and that the State Department would continue to seek private reassurances on Egypt's international obligations. "I would say that it is one member of the MB," Nuland said of Bayoumi's comments. "We will judge these parties by what they do."
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