Online News Portal Reports State Department Change in Policy on Brotherhood


An online news portal has posted a report stating:

… the State Department has approved a policy that would enable U.S. diplomats to meet and coordinate with Brotherhood leaders in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and other Arab states. They said the program would first be restricted to elected officials from the Brotherhood and eventually be extended to their political chiefs.

The report goes on to state that the policy stemmed from a controversial article written by political scientist Robert Leiken of the Nixon Center who published an article in Foreign Affairs which argued in support of engagement with the Brotherhood. On June 20, State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research was scheduled to host a meeting with other representatives of the intelligence community to discuss opening more formal channels to the Brotherhood. It should be noted that this report on the new State Department policy has not yet been confirmed by any other source but it does seem consistent with recent developments.

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