Published December 10, 2011

Associated Press
CAIRO Sen. John Kerry has met in Cairo with members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that's set to dominate the new parliament.

In a statement, the Muslim Brotherhood says three of its top officials attended the meeting with the Massachusetts Democrat, who was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson.

Brotherhood officials vowed to respect civil rights and international treaties that have been signed in the past. That assurance could be an attempt to calm fears that the group may try to re-examine Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

The group says Kerry told the Brotherhood's members that he's not surprised by their success in parliamentary elections.

The elections were the first since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Kerry, who is also chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was among the first U.S. politicians to call on Mubarak to step down earlier this year.

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Back when he was on active duty, but had left Vietnam, Kerry met, illegally, with the North Vietnamese delegation to the Paris Peace Talks, in the company of a group of antiwar activists. I guess that whenever a radically anti-American, anti-western organization is working to overthrow a US ally, we can count on John Kerry to show up and support them.