JERUSALEM, Israel -- President Obama has invited Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to meet with him on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York in September.
"President Obama extended an invitation to President Morsi to visit the United States when he attends the U.N. General Assembly in September," Yasser Ali, an aide to Morsi, said, according to Reuters.
David Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh and author of the book The Islamic Tsunami, offers his take on the president's invitation, on CBN News Channel Morning News, July 10.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated the Muslim Brotherhood on its victory in the presidential elections.
"We have congratulated President [Mohamed] Morsi and the Egyptian people for continuing on their path to democratic transition," Clinton told the press in Helsinki in June.
Obama first reached out to the Muslim world in early June 2009 during his speech in Cairo. Last year, during the Egyptian revolution that ousted former U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak, the Obama administration appeared to shift its support to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In June 2011, Clinton said the Obama administration "would welcome" dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood.
"We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence…and we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us," Clinton said during a visit to Hungary.
Until last year, the Muslim Brotherhood was considered a terrorist organization by the State Department. It is also credited with spawning most present-day terrorist organizations, from Hamas to al Qaeda.
The Brotherhood also threatened to abrogate Egypt's 30-year treaty with Israel.
Some analysts have pointed out that Saleha Abedin, the mother of Clinton's deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, is a leader of Ikhwan, the International Women's Organization (IWO), the female division of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi's wife, Najla Ali Mahmoud, also serves as a leader in IWO.