Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Warming To U.S.

The banning of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak forbade ties between the Islamist group and the U.S. But with Egypt’s political system opening up and a Brotherhood-affiliated candidate winning the presidential race, analysts think that might change. Incoming president Mohammed Morsi and the Brotherhood need international aid — including continued financial backing from the U.S. — to keep Egypt’s faltering economy afloat. The Brotherhood has sent “dozens of goodwill delegations to meet with officials in Washington” since the fall of Mubarak, and the U.S. encouraged the country’s transitional military leaders to hand over power to election winners.