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Sunday 20 April 2014

US attempts to resolve Egypt crisis flounder

American attempts to resolve Egypt's political crisis have fallen flat after the Muslim Brotherhood leadership refused to meet a visiting senior diplomat.

Representatives of William Burns, the US under-secretary of state, contacted the Freedom and Justice party, the brotherhood's political wing, asking for a meeting in Cairo.

The attempt failed after each side deemed it too dangerous to meet in a venue of the other's choosing.

Gehad Addad, a party spokesman, said the proposal foundered after Mr Burns declined to visit the Brotherhood's protest camp in north-east Cairo.

"His people said it was too dangerous for him to come here," Mr Addad said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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