White House Downplays Obama’s Meeting With Jew-Hater Morsi
Obama Administration officials already met once with Jew-hater Mohammed Morsi.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, left, meets woth U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns, center, and President Mohammed Morsi, right, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Morsi is the country’s first democratically-elected president, first Islamist, and civilian to take office in Egypt. He was sworn in last week. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)
The news that President Obama will meet with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in September prompted an array of speculations in Washington and Cairo, attempting to decipher the political significance of the upcoming encounter.
While Morsi’s party views the meeting as a chance to solidify his international standing, White House press secretary Jay Carney downplayed it as a mere “encounter” for Obama, The Hill reported.
“Well, the president will be going to UNGA, the United Nations General Assembly, in September, and he will, I’m sure, encounter a number of leaders — after all, that’s a gathering of world leaders — including the new Egyptian president there,” Carney said. “There are no planned bilateral meetings in Washington around UNGA with any leader.”
Carney said Obama “looks forward” to meeting Morsi when the U.N. General Assembly reconvenes in September, but emphasized that no one-on-one talks are scheduled to take place.
Carney’s remarks, however, contradict those of Egyptian aide Yasser Ali, who reportedly declared that Obama had “extended an invitation” for Morsi to visit the United States.
The cautious approach by the administration reflects the unease that some lawmakers feel regarding the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohammed Morsi told supporters earlier this year at a campaign event, “Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem!”