Expert: Dialogue with Muslim Brothers - U.S desperate attempt to prevent Iran-Syria alliance
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 /Trend A.Tagiyeva/
The negotiations between the U.S. authorities and Muslim Brothers are a step to protect from the religious and political unification of Iran and Syria against Washington, the expert on Middle East at the Lebanese University Ali Bakir said.
"The dialogue between the U.S and Muslim Brothers is directed against a particular party," he told Trend via e-mail.
The expert said that the U.S. State Department's statement of willingness to negotiate with the Muslim Brothers is associated with an increase of U.S. interests in Egypt, as it is impossible to ignore the organization, gaining power in this country.
U.S State Secretary Hillary Clinton reiterated the U.S. authorities' intention to resume direct contacts with the Egyptian Islamist organization Muslim Brothers, saying that it is in the U.S. interest to conduct a dialogue with all parties who conduct a peaceful policy.
The expert does not rule out that this decision of U.S. authorities aim to familiarize with the political course of Muslim Brothers.
Muslim Brothers gain power in Egypt. After the parliamentary elections, all political decisions in the country will be taken with their direct participation," he said.
Bakir also said that the dialogue with the United States will be beneficial for the "Muslim Brothers", as this organization can take advantage of Washington's influence in the region to strengthen its credibility among the population and to show political strength.
The expert also mentioned that Clinton's statement caused controversy among the representatives of right-wing of the country and pro-Israeli layers of the society.
Many newspapers and research centers have already expressed concern about Clinton's step, as many expected her to support for secular rather than Islamist organizations.
"But the U.S authorities justify this step basing on a law that allows a dialogue with any organizations, not promoting violence," Bakir said.
The situation in Egypt has been remaining unstable from the beginning of the year. In the first half of February, on the backdrop of riots, recession and collapse of security, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned. He handed over power to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt. In recent weeks, new wave of people's dissatisfaction with the military authorities, who are accused of delaying democratic reforms, is growing in the country.
The Muslim Brothers Group, founded in 1928 to create an Islamic state in Egypt, was officially banned in 1954, but during this time, continued influence and popularity in the Egyptian society. After the resignation of Mubarak and the transfer of power to the military, Muslim Brothers began to play a more prominent role in the political life of Egypt. In recent years, the Muslim Brothers repeatedly disclaimed radical methods of struggle.