Radical Islamic Group Included in Egyptian Talks

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Egypt's political turmoil still has not come to an end and on Monday many protestors remained on the streets of Cairo.

However, after nearly two weeks of demonstrations, the country's leaders have taken unprecedented steps to move forward. They even held talks with opposition leaders that included the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamic organization.

Egypt's stock market is expected to remain closed until Wednesday. A curfew is also still in place. Yet, there were signs of daily routine returning to the streets of Cairo.

Despite hold-out protests, financial institutions opened in Egypt for the first time in a week. In addition to the military's tanks, private vehicles were also back on the streets.

It's still not clear when President Hosni Mubarak will step down. He has promised not to run for reelection this fall.

"Only he knows what he's going to do," President Barack Obama said on Fox News Sunday. "But here's what we know. Egypt is not going back to what it was."

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman met with 50 opposition leaders on Sunday to talk about the future of Egypt. Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood were also at the table, after being banned from government meetings for 30 years.

"We're not fundamentalists like the westerners think," said Dr. Khalil Ed Gazar of the Muslim Brotherhood. "We respect all people."

The Muslim Brotherhood said it will not seek the presidency when Mubarak steps down. However, there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the role the organization could play in Egypt's future and with its relationship with America.

"They don't have majority support in Egypt," Obama explained. "They are well-organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti-US, there's no doubt about it."

During the meetings with the opposition leaders, Suleiman announced some concessions -- including freedom of the press, and the release of demonstrators that were jailed since the start of the protests.

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