Arabic media is reporting on the February 25 dinner held in Washington DC by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) to honor Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi. According to a report at Alwatanvoice.com, the event was attended by numerous US government officials:
March 19, 2014 Tunisian parliamentarians, senior U.S. officials, diplomats, Middle East experts, media representatives, and a wide array of friends of Tunisia gathered on February 25th, 2014, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC to celebrate the country’s historic constitution and to honor and recognize the efforts and leadership of Mr. Rached Ghannouchi, leading Islamic scholar and President of the Nahdha Party in Tunisia. The banquet, hosted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) and the National Council on U.S.-Arab relations, commemorated the adoption on January 26, 2014 of one of the Arab world’s most progressive constitutions, with unprecedented guarantees of freedom of religion and women’s rights. Over 150 guests attended the event (who’s who in Washington DC). Among the main speakers at the Banquet Dinner to welcome and honor Mr. Rached Ghannouchi to Washington DC were Gerald Feierstein, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, John Esposito, University Professor at Georgetown University, Bill Lawrence, President of American Tunisian Association, John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, Lorne Craner, President of the International Republican Institute, and William Taylor, V.P. at the US Institute of Peace.
The mood of the evening was celebratory and congratulatory. Guests watched a euphoric video of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) singing the national anthem minutes after the passage of the constitution. Eight speakers then took to the stage, crediting a wide range of Tunisian political and civil society actors for working together to achieve this milestone. Vice President of the U.S. Institute for Peace William Taylor described the mood in Tunis during a recent trip as
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The GMBDW reported last month that Mr. Ghannouchi would be speaking at this CSID event. Despite recent events in Egypt and the Gulf, the attendance of US officials confirms other GMBDW reporting indicating that the US is continuing its relationship with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Earlier this week, we reported that US officials participated in an event featuring the leader of the UK Muslim Brotherhood.
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When the United States was a little more serious about national security, it refused to even let Ghannouchi into the country, let alone show up to honor him.