Pro-Morsi coalition to decide on al-Sisi meeting 'within days'

National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy will announce its position on a proposed meeting between former adviser Emad Abdel-Ghafour and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Pro-Morsi coalition to decide on al-Sisi meeting 'within days'

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of groups that support ousted president Mohamed Morsi, will announce its position on a proposed meeting between former adviser Emad Abdel-Ghafour and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a bloc leader said on Saturday.

"We have not refused to meet al-Sisi, but only decided to defer the issue until the coalition leaders meet in the coming days," Ahmed Badie, the official spokesperson of the Salafist al-Watan Party, told Anadolu Agency.

"There might be a positive development this week," he said, declining to elaborate.

TV host Mohamed al-Kerdousi said on Friday that Egypt's top general had requested to meet Abdel-Ghafour, the leader of al-Watan Party.

News of the meeting comes hard upon the heels of an announcement by Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Ali Beshr that an initiative floated by intellectual Ahmed Kamal Abul-Magd to resolve the crisis was "dead".

Badie said all parties are keen on finding a way-out of the current stalemate.

"The coalition insists on the return to the democratic path," he said.

He added that "dialogue requires concessions from the authorities in exchange for understanding with the coalition."

Badie opined that concessions should include the release of political detainees and the suspension of what he described as "media campaigns that aim to demonize other trends".

Yousry Hammad, the deputy leader of al-Watan Party voiced hope that "wise" Egyptians would float initiatives to put Egypt back on the right political track.

"We will cooperate with whoever seeks to serve the interests of this country," Hamad told AA.

He said that political solutions make it necessary for everybody to present "painful concessions".

AA

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