Obama invites Egypt's president Mursi to the US

 Egypt's first Islamist President Mohamed Mursi
Egypt's first Islamist President Mohamed Mursi Credit: REUTERS/Amr Dalsh

US President Barack Obama has invited Egypt's newly elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, to visit the United States in September, an Egyptian official said.

Speaking after Mursi met US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Egyptian aide, Yasser Ali, said: "President Obama extended an invitation to President Mursi to visit the United States when he attends the U.N. General Assembly in September."

Washington, long wary of Islamists and an ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi's win. Mursi formally resigned from the group when he won the presidency.

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