Obama invites Egypt's Morsi to US

President Barack Obama has invited Egypt's newly elected Islamist president to visit the United States.

United States President Barack Obama. Picture: AFP

CAIRO - President Barack Obama has invited Egypt's newly elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, to visit the United States (US) in September, an Egyptian official said on Sunday, reflecting the new ties Washington is cultivating with the region's Islamists.

"President Obama extended an invitation to President Morsi to visit the United States when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in September," Egyptian aide, Yasser Ali, said after Morsi met US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

Burns did not mention the invitation at a news conference earlier.

Washington, long wary of Islamists and an ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Morsi's win. Morsi formally resigned from the group when he won the presidency.