Monday 18 December 2017

US attempts to resolve Egypt crisis flounder

London Daily Telegraph

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)

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