The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood webiste has reported that one of the organization’s leaders has demanded that the US Congress hold a special session to hear directly from the MB about their programs as Congress held a session recently with the MB. According to the report:
Tuesday, April 19,2011 16:06 IkhwanWeb Dr. Mohamed Morsy, media spokesman and member of the Executive Bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood(MB) demanded that US Congress hold a special session to hear directly from the MB about their programs as Congress held a session recently with the MB. Dr. Morsy stated on Al Jazeera Satellite Channel that US fears of the MB are unfounded. He rejected the intervention of the US in Middle Eastern affairs and accused it of seeking to dominate the region for the exploitation of its raw materials, especially oil, and to make the Arab markets promote its products, especially since the real development of Egypt is definitely against American interests. Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad, an expert on international relations at Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, ruled out the possibility that Egypt will be similar to the Iranian model of governance, saying: ‘Egypt is like Turkey in terms of its relations with the US and the Zionist entity.’ Dr. Abdel-Gawad added that America will not find it difficult to cope with the Freedom and Justice party, representatives of the MB, or any other Islamic forces in parliament or in government, in light of what the MB are submitting, which seeks national economic political and social harmony.”
A previous post reported that in testimony before the Congressional session on the Muslim Brotherhood, Carnegie Endowment Mideast analyst Nathan Brown attempted to reassure the West about what he calls the “International Brotherhood” which he describes as a “group of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements” that in his characterization, resemble something like a group of college fraternities.
It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood today has become a global network and that the Egyptian mother branch is not necessarily the most important part of the movement. Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, is often referred to by the GMBDW as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide.