A top US Democratic congressman met a leader of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's most powerful rival, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, US officials and the Islamist group said.
Visiting US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who ranks second in the House of Representatives, met with the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, twice on Thursday - once at parliament and then at the home of the US ambassador to Egypt, Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan said Saturday.
US Embassy spokesman John Berry would only confirm that Hoyer met with el-Katatni at US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone's home at a reception with other politicians and parliament members.
Hoyer, who also met with Mubarak during his visit, left Egypt on Friday. A telephone message left with his spokeswoman Saturday was not immediately returned. Calls to el-Katatni also went unanswered Saturday.