(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama
begins his second term straining to maintain a good relationship with
Egypt, an important U.S. ally whose president is a conservative Islamist
walking a fine line between acting as a moderate peace broker and
keeping his Muslim Brotherhood party happy with anti-American rhetoric.
The White House last summer had hoped
to smooth over some of the traditional tensions between Washington and
the Brotherhood, a party rooted in opposition to Israel and the U.S.,
when Egypt overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak and picked Mohammed Morsi as
its first democratically elected leader.
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