Psaki: Banning the Muslim Brotherhood Would Be a Bad Idea


State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that banning the Muslim Brotherhood would not be a good idea, saying any process going forward should be inclusive of all sides:

Q: Somehow, the trend which is in Egypt and according to the official announcement there, whether it's somehow the spokesperson or the adviser of the president and others, it was — it is a matter of 24 or 48 hours — they are talking about dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood or even the political party of it. Do you have any comment about that?

PSAKI: Well, we've certainly seen those reports. As we've consistently said from the beginning, we believe any process moving forward needs to be inclusive and include all parties and all sides. That continues to be our public and private message.

Q: So that means banning the Muslim Brotherhood is not a good idea?

PSAKI: Correct.