Egyptian Islamists and Tamarod shun top US official

Published July 15th, 2013 - 03:07 GMT
US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)
US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (AFP/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

Leaders of Egypt’s second-largest Islamist party and the Tamarod movement refused on Monday to meet the first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was in Cairo Monday to press for “an end to all violence and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government,” the State Department said.

The visit included talks with military and civilian leaders.

Nader Bakkar, spokesman of the Salafist Nour Party, told Al Arabiya that the party’s leader was invited to meet the U.S. official, but refused and did not provide a reason.

Mahmoud Badr, spokesman of the Tamarod (Rebellion) campaign that called for Mursi’s ouster, also told Al Arabiya that it declined to attend the meeting because of what it perceives as U.S. interference in Egypt’s domestic affairs.

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