CAIRO: Egypt summoned U.S. ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft Sunday to request that U.S. officials do not hold an anticipated meeting with Muslim Brotherhood members in Washington, especially after pro-Brotherhood clerics called for treating opponents of the group as “murderers,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry had sent an English and French translation of a May 27 statement by the said clerics to ambassadors in Cairo, according to Youm7.
The statement, titled the Call of Egypt, said that judges, officers, soldiers, religious figures, media practitioners, and everyone who participated in bloodshed “are murderers subject to sentences of a murderer in accordance with the Sharia.”
Different faction within the Brotherhood both supported and rejected the statement. However, the Egyptian police have stated that some representatives of the Islamist group publicly reject violence to repel accusations of “terrorism” against the Brotherhood, while it secretly creates “terrorist cells” to claim responsibility for attacks.
This is not the first time Egypt has attempted to communicate “Brotherhood violence” to U.S. officials.
On Feb. 8, Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry handed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday a CD during the Munich Security Conference that includes seven videos on the “terrorism” faced by Egypt. Top Brotherhood figures had met with U.S. State Department officials in January, including Amr Darrag, secretary-general of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party; Wael Hadara, former assistant to Morsi; Maha Azzam, head of the Brotherhood-backed Egyptian Revolutionary Council.