WASHINGTON - The United States has decided to resume formal contacts
with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior US official said on
Wednesday, in a step that reflects the Islamist group's growing
political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its U.S.
"The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing," said
the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It is in our
interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for
parliament or the presidency."