The Muslim Brotherhood has revealed that it sent a delegation to visit 23 countries to ask them to cease all support for Abdul Fatah al-Sisi’s government in Egypt. A photograph was posted to the Facebook account of one of this delegation’s members in January 2015, attesting to a meeting at the State Department.
The delegation was representing the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, an organization controlled entirely by the Brotherhood, in an official capacity. It consisted of Judge Waleed Sharaby; Dr. Gamal Heshmat, ex-member of parliament and next president of the Egyptian National Assembly in exile in Turkey; Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, ex-member of parliament for the Freedom and Justice Party; Tharwat Nafea, ex-member of parliament, also in charge of the Egyptian National Assembly in exile, and Maha Azzam, appointed researcher at Chatham House and current president of the Egyptian National Assembly in exile.
The Egyptian press is outraged by the fact that Washington received a delegation from a terrorist organization and demanded that President al-Sisi boycott the White House anti-terrorist summit on February 18. He did, however, eventually participate.
The State Department acknowledged the visit, but did claim that the delegation had consisted of other Egyptian former members of parliament and not members of the Muslim Brotherhood. However, this version does not give details of the delegation’s international tour, and the State Department was unable to indicate who the former members of parliament were, unaffiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, who accompanied them.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a secret society which has been notoriously connected to MI6 in the United Kingdom. In the past 60 years, they have attempted numerous coups in Arab countries, but have gained power peacefully in Turkey with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tunisia with Rashid al-Ghannushi and in Libya with the Tripoli government, which is unrecognized by the international community. The Brotherhood’s theorist, Said Qotb, is the main intellectual reference of current terrorist movements. Most al-Qaida officers are former members of the Muslim Brotherhood.