US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

CAIRO (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat met with a jailed senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood early today as part of mediation efforts to end the standoff between Egypt’s military-backed government and protesters supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian officials said. The talks between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Khairat el-Shater, the powerful deputy head of the Brotherhood, took place in the prison were the Islamist figure is being held, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Burns was accompanied by the foreign ministers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as well as an EU envoy.


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