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Mohammed Morsi to Visit US Next Month

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 11:51 AM

CAIRO — Egypt announced that its president, Mohammed Morsi, will visit the United States next month, his first trip there since taking office June 30.

Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters Wednesday that Morsi's three-day visit will begin on Sept. 23, and that it will include Washington and New York, where he will attend the U.N. General Assembly session.

Morsi ran as the candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a controversial Islamist group. Its rise in Egypt has caused serious concern among Egypt's Coptic Christians and also its Jewish population, and the situation is being closely watched by Washington.

But Morsi, so far, has appointed a diverse group of cabinet officials, and the Brotherhood has sent delegations to the United States to argue that it is a moderate group with no anti-American agenda.

The United States has been giving Egypt about $1 billion a year in military aid for the last three decades. U.S. officials recently pledged additional foreign aid to Egypt.

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CAIRO — Egypt announced that its president, Mohammed Morsi, will visit the United States next month, his first trip there since taking office June 30.
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