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Iranian Pres. Meets Muslim American Leaders, Buys Time
Multiple Muslim-American leaders met with Iranian President Rouhani in the afternoon of September 24, according to a announcement on the website of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The statement says they delivered a letter to him asking for his help in solving sectarian tension and the civil war in Syria.
The president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam al-Marayati, was one of the participants. MPAC wants the U.S. to ease sanctions on Iran, this despite the fact that Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons.
MPAC was founded by Muslim Brotherhood ideologues but turned against Egyptian President Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after he took power. Its leadership, including Al-Marayati, defended violence against Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy. In 2003, MPAC criticized the U.S. government's labeling of Hezbollah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
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