Anti-coup body wants dialogue foundations before meeting

Al-Qudossi said that Al-Sisi asked to meet with Emad Abdel-Ghafour, a member of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, but the latter turned down the invitation after consulting the alliance.

Anti-coup body wants dialogue foundations before meeting

World Bulletin/News Desk

A coalition of the largely Islamist  bodies supporting ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said Friday it did not turn down an initiative to hold a meeting between a coalition member and military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, but explained it needs foundations for the dialogue first.

Journalist Mohamed al-Qudossi said that Al-Sisi, the man behind Morsi’s ouster on July 3, asked to meet with Emad Abdel-Ghafour, leader of Salafist Al-Watan Party and a member of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, but the latter turned down the invitation after consulting the alliance.

The allegation could not be confirmed or dismissed by the Egyptian Defense Ministry or the government.

However, sources with the alliance said that the body did not refuse the meeting, but asked for agreed-upon foundations for any dialogue beforehand to ensure its success.

When asked about such foundations, the sources said that the alliance seeks the return of the “constitutional legitimacy.”

The alliance repeatedly said it strongly sticks to constitutional legitimacy, which makes it necessary for the deposed leader be back in power, the dissolved upper house of parliament (Shura Council) be reinstated and the suspended constitution be reactivated.

The sources said that the alliance has information that the military-backed authorities intend to hold talks with the alliance shortly, but there has been no invitation yet.

The developments came after a leading member in the Egypt's Islamic Party said that a new initiative is aiming to break the political deadlock in the country is being in the making.

"The parties to the crisis started to interact with an initiative floated by a host of national figures," Mohamed Abu Samra, secretary general of the Islamic Party, told Anadolu Agency. The party is a main component of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy.

"The initiative aims to look into a democratic way, by which Morsi can be replaced, so that Egypt would not slip into endless chaos," Abu Samra said. However, he declined to name the figures behind the initiative.

Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected leader – was removed from power by the military following massive demonstrations against his presidency that began on June 30.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a "military coup," while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising."

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