On Thursday, June 30, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would begin dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Congressman Steve Chabot issued the following statement regarding the announcement:
"I strongly disagree with the Obama Administration's contacts with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The revolution in Egypt and the ensuing transition creates both opportunities as well as challenges. The United State should be doing everything it can to support secular democratic opposition groups instead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood with the proclaimed objective of establishing Sharia law. It is clear that the future of Egypt will have a disproportionate impact on the future of the broader Middle East and we have a clear interest in the emergence of a democratic and prosperous Egypt. Reforms should include: conducting of free and fair elections that meet international standards; consolidating critical democratic institutions, including a truly independent parliament and judiciary, a police force that is accountable to the citizenry, as well as a free press; fostering a vibrant private sector that creates the economic opportunities that the Egyptian people need and deserve; and establishing a government that respects rule of law and fundamental freedoms--including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly--and maintains its international obligations, including the peace treaty with Israel."