Anti-coup bloc rules out meeting US Secretary of State

Kerry is set to arrive in Cairo on Sunday for his first visit to Egypt since Morsi's ouster by the powerful military four months ago.

Anti-coup bloc rules out meeting US Secretary of State

World Bulletin/News Desk

Leaders of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, has ruled out meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry during his planned visit to Egypt.

"We have not received any request to meet Kerry and we will not seek to meet him," Amr Darrag, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (DJP), told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Kerry is set to arrive in Cairo on Sunday for his first visit to Egypt since Morsi's ouster by the powerful military four months ago.

The visit comes only one day before Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, is due to appear in a court to face "incitement to violence" charges, allegations supporters say are politically motivated.

"We are not looking forward to meeting Kerry or others," Magdi Qurqur, deputy leader of the Labor Party and a leader of the pro-democracy bloc, told AA.

"We now focus on the trial of president Mohamed Morsi," he added.

On Friday, the pro-democracy bloc appealed to the Egyptian people to continue peaceful rallies until the day of Morsi's trial.

It also called on "free people around the world to protest outside Egyptian embassies and consulates" on Monday.

If Morsi is brought to trial, it will be the first time for the ousted president to be seen in public since his removal.

Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2013, 14:22
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