US Congress delegation meets with Brotherhood presidential nominee

The United States will not interfere with the Egyptian people’s choice for president, US Congressman David Dreier said Monday.

In a closed meeting with Egyptian journalists in Cairo, Dreier said a US Congress delegation met with Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, who highlighted his commitment to human rights and the rule of law.

Egyptians should decide what kind of democracy they want, Dreier said.

He said the delegation is relieved and happy about the meetings it held in Egypt, including those held with presidential candidates. He said the delegation’s visit to Egypt comes at an important time.

The Republican congressman said he visited Egypt a year ago and discussed with Egyptian officials ways to bolster relations between Egypt and the US, and challenges facing the implementation of a free trade zone.

He emphasized the importance of economic ties between the two countries and starting negotiations for a free trade agreement.

Translated from DPA

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