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Video: Mursi consulted with the Brotherhood before meeting U.S. officials

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Mohammad Mursi used to consult with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Office before going to meetings with U.S. officials, the ousted Islamist president said in a closed door meeting with top Brotherhood leaders, according to a video published online Monday.

“Before each meeting, we coordinate with the [Guidance] office, and the office had a decision on a clear text regarding the [peace] treaty [with Israel],” Mursi told Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance’ office.

Mursi said the White House had “guarantees from the Brotherhood” that the Islamist movement would not break the peace treaty with Israel.

“The whole framework [of talks with the United States] shows accuracy in position and psychological comfort, accepting the existence of the Brotherhood and and their wining of presidential elections,” Mursi told the top Brotherhood meeting.

The ousted president said Secretary of State Jon Kerry and Deputy secretary of state William Burns William Burns expressed to him the U.S. commitment to helping Egypt overcome its economic woes

“Of course we understand this message as: keep in mind the question is not all politics,” Mursi told the meeting, attended by Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei.

Commenting on the video, military strategic expert General Hussam Soueilem said Mursi was a “puppet.”

“Mursi was a puppet in the guidance office’s hands. He took orders from it, and he was not a president with an independent will,” Soueilem said.

He also said that it was obvious that Mursi followed the guidance office’s orders especially when he accepted to hold a reconciliation meeting with Egyptian parties, upon army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi’s suggestion, and later apologized “since the guidance office refused.”