Morsi return 'a must,' jailed Brotherhood leader tells US envoy

According to al-Ashri, al-Katatni had told Burns that there was "no turning back" on constitutional legitimacy and the reinstatement of the elected president.

Morsi return 'a must,' jailed Brotherhood leader tells US envoy

World Bulletin/News Desk

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met Monday with Saad al-Katatni, the detained leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), an FJP figure has confirmed.

"The interview was private between the two of them," Mokhtar al-Ashri, head of the FJP's legal committee, told Anadolu Agency.

According to al-Ashri, al-Katatni had told Burns that there was "no turning back" on constitutional legitimacy and the reinstatement of the elected president.

Earlier the same day, a Brotherhood lawyer said that Burns – along with a handful of Western and Arab diplomats – had gone to Al-Aqrab Prison in Cairo to meet with al-Katatni.

Al-Ashri, however, said that Burns alone had met with the detained party leader.

FJP deputy head Essam al-Erian, meanwhile, said the meeting with al-Katatni was not likely to lead to any breakthroughs.

"The answer that Burns will receive from al-Katatni, who is now behind bars, will be the same that he got from the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy," al-Erian said via Facebook, referring to the coalition of mostly Islamist parties and groups that demand Morsi's reinstatement.

Al-Katatni, a former speaker of parliament, is currently being detained on charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the Brotherhood's headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district on June 30.

On that day, at least nine people were killed in clashes between Brotherhood supporters and anti-Morsi protesters near the group's headquarters.

The Egyptian capital has been abuzz with diplomatic activity in recent days, with officials coming from four continents to take part in talks aimed at resolving Egypt's ongoing political impasse.

Morsi's supporters have been staging daily mass rallies and sit-ins nationwide since his July 3 ouster by the military following mass protests against him.

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