Egyptian opposition refuses to meet with visiting State Department officials

State Department officials can't get a meeting with leaders of the Egyptian opposition amid continuing fallout over President Obama's perceived support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Tamarud movement, which launched the campaign to oust President Mohamed Morsi, said Monday it would not participate in a roundtable discussion with the State Department's second-ranking official and U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson. 

The group on its Arabic-language website cited the administration's support for both the “Zionist entity” — aka Israel — and Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood for the snub, Foreign Policy reports.

The State Department dispatched Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to Egypt on Sunday in a bid to repair relations with the Egyptian opposition, which was put in power by the military after Morsi was deposed two weeks ago. 

Burns was able to meet with military officials however and pressed them to quickly hold elections, the UK's The Independent reports.

“The goal of his trip,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last week, “is to engage with and hear directly from interim Egyptian officials and civil society as part of our ongoing efforts to see Egypt transition to an inclusive, pluralistic, democratically elected civilian government.”

Morsi opponents believe the Obama administration stuck with Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, for too long. 

The Muslim Brotherhood on the other hand is angry that the administration has so far not called Morsi's ouster a military coup, which would trigger a freeze in the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid to the country's armed forces.

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