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Egypt's Rebel movement refuses to meet with the new US ambassador

Anti-Morsi group has repeatedly declined invitations to meet with US diplomats

Ahram Online, Friday 9 May 2014
Mahmoud Badr
Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarud youth movement (Photo: Reuters)
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A spokesman for the anti-Morsi Rebel (Tamarod) campaign said that the group had refused to meet with a delegation from the American embassy in Egypt.

Mahmoud Badr, one of the founders of the movement, said on Thursday on his official Twitter account that the newly appointed American ambassador to Egypt, Robert Stephen Beecroft, had asked to meet with the movement.

"We refused the ambassador`s request and asked him to improve US relations with Egypt, Syria and the Arab countries instead," Badr tweeted.

On Friday, MENA cited Rebel spokesman Mohamed Nabawy as confirming that the group had refused to meet with a delegation from the embassy.

According to Nabawy, American diplomats have tried to meet with representatives of the group several times since the ouster of Morsi, but the movement has always refused.

The Rebel campaign, founded in April 2013, was instrumental in building opposition to the rule of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi prior to his ouster last summer.

The Obama administration nominated Beecroft, its ambassador in Iraq, to be the new US envoy to Cairo on Wednesday. His nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate.

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bknot1
10-05-2014 08:39am
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Bad Move!!!
I think this is a bad move, for the group. They will be soon crying for the US to help them when Egypt's Government statr to look at banning this group.. and we won't. Sam- you are correct the Egypt is free to close as US to close its embassy and refuse US aid, but it won't. As much as people don't waont to beleive it US aid (mostly military aid) is better for Egypt,, and it showed when it was frozen.
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Alaa Ali
10-05-2014 02:48am
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Somebody call a dentist
I don't know how Mahmoud Badr doesn't cringe every time he sees his own pictures in the media. For me, Tamarod will always be 'those guys with the terrible teeth'. I'm sure you can afford a dentist by now Mahmoud, I highly urge you to use their services.
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Sam Enslow
09-05-2014 12:48pm
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Maybe say what they want?
Pehaps they should have met with the ambassador to say exactly what they want the US to do in Syria, what changes they want to see in US behavior to Egypt and other Arab states? Maybe they could have learned a few things or explined their position to the ambassador. They may have learned that some of their fondest beliefs are not true. But why should they actually speak with anyone. They get good milage with anti-US rhetoric. Egypt is free at any time to ask the US to close its embassy and to refuse all US aid. It is rather a waste of time to send ambassadors to countries where the political forces refuse to discuss issues with them.
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