John Kerry and Anne Patterson visit Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party headquarters (Photo: Ikhwanonline)
US Senator and head of the US Senate foreign relations committee John Kerry, along with US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, visited the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Cairo headquarters on Saturday.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Ikhwanonline website released the news on Sunday, stating that the meeting had been attended by FJP head Mohamed Morsi, FJP deputy leader Essam El-Arian, and FJP Secretary-General Mohamed Saad El-Katatni.
According to the Muslim Brotherhood website, Kerry stated that the FJP’s success in the first round of Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls had come as no surprise, stressing his respect for the choice made by the Egyptian people. Discussions mainly revolved around Egypt’s ongoing economic crisis and the international treaties to which it is signatory, the website noted.
Morsi reportedly assured his visitors that no major changes would be made to Egypt’s constitution or to current investment laws.
He added that there were several principles that all Egyptian political forces agreed must be enshrined in Egypt’s national charter, including those concerning civil rights and general freedoms. However, he stressed that the section of the constitution related to presidential authorities would likely be subject to amendment.
Morsi further assured his interlocutors that – in light of Egypt’s central role in the Arab, Islamic and international arena – it would respect all international treaties to which it was signatory, adding that the US could play an important role in achieving political stability and economic recovery for several nations of the region.