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The Muslim Brotherhood meets with the Egyptian government

Al Jazeera is reporting on a new development in Egypt; the Muslim Brotherhood is now meeting with the current regime.  This is a change from the MB’s previous position that they would not enter discussions until Mubarak had already resigned.  Also noteworthy is that Mohamad ElBaradei is being left out of the discussions.  Some excerpts from the article:

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, cautiously welcomed the inclusion of the MB in talks, but said the US would “wait and see” what results the dialogue yields.

ElBaradei, however, told the American television station NBC that he had not been invited to the talks. He slammed the negotiations for being “opaque”, saying that “nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage”.

An Al Jazeera correspondent in Cairo described the news of the MB joining the talks as “highly significant”.

“They are interested in talking about the resignation of president Mubarak,” he said. “They want parliament resolved, they want those responsible for violence of the last few days put on trial … and wanting to be able to peacefully protest.”

Frank Wisner, who has acted as a White House envoy by carrying a message to Mubarak, said on Saturday that Mubarak “must stay in office to steer” a process of gathering “national consensus around the preconditions” for the way forward.

 

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