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US seeks details on Muslim Brotherhood ban

Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi protest on September 20, 2013 in Alexandria
Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi protest on September 20, 2013 in Alexandria.

The United States said Monday it was seeking further details after an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets seized.

"The details of this decision remain unclear. We are seeking more information and will continue to closely follow developments," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The news came only hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy in New York on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly.

The ruling, reported by the official MENA news agency, ratchets up an intensifying crackdown on the Brotherhood since the Egyptian army's July 3 overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.

Fahmy had sought to assure Kerry that the new interim government was putting Egypt on track back towards a civilian government.

The United States has long argued Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood should be part of the political process.

Psaki said: "A transparent inclusive political process that preserves the rights of all Egyptians to participate and leads back to a civilian lead government is critical to the success of Egypt's political and economic future."

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