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Hoyer Met Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists

From an approving Associated Press:

Hoyer Meets Official From Egypt’s Banned Muslim Brotherhood

Saturday, April 07, 2007

CAIRO, Egypt — A top U.S. Democratic congressman met a leading member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed opposition group, during a recent visit to the country, the Islamic fundamentalist group and U.S. officials said Saturday.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met with the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliament leader, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, twice on Thursday — once at the parliament building and then at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, said Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan.

U.S. Embassy spokesman John Berry would only confirm that Hoyer, who represents Maryland, met with el-Katatni at U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone’s home at a reception with other politicians and parliament members.

Though officially banned since 1954, the Brotherhood is tolerated by the government and has become Egypt’s largest opposition group and President Hosni Mubarak’s most powerful rival…

Berry stressed that Hoyer met with el-Katatni in his capacity as an independent member of Egyptian parliament. He would not say what the two discussed.

Hassan said the two lawmakers discussed developments in the Middle East, the “Brotherhood’s vision” and opposition movements in Egypt. He said the two met privately at the ambassador’s home and with other members of Hoyer’s bipartisan delegation and Egyptian lawmakers at the parliament building…

Jon Alterman, a Mideast specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said Bush administration officials may have avoided meeting Muslim Brotherhood members because that could strain relations with the secular Egyptian government, one of the closest U.S. allies in the Middle East.

“The difficulty when it gets to Egypt is that the Brotherhood is not a legal group within Egypt and the U.S. government is wary of violating laws in countries in which it operates,” he told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“The larger constraint on our willingness to meet the Brotherhood is the Egyptian government’s unease with our government’s meeting with the Brotherhood.”

Hoyer, who also met with Mubarak during his visit, left Egypt on Friday. A telephone message left with his spokeswoman Saturday was not immediately returned. Calls to el-Katatni also went unanswered Saturday…

More news buried on a Saturday on a holiday weekend by our watchdog media.

By why not? What’s wrong with negotiating with terrorists?

It’s always worked out so well in the past.

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