World Bulletin/News Desk
An African Union (AU) delegation has met with senior Muslim Brotherhood figures in Cairo's Rab'a al-Adaweya Square, where thousands of ousted President Mohamed Morsi have been staging a round-the-clock sit-in for more than a month.
The delegation, led by former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konaré, met with Ahmed Fahmi, speaker of the dissolved Shura Council, and former ministers Mohamed Ali Beshr, Yehia Hamed and Ossama Yassin.
Among those who attended the meeting also were Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the MB's Freedom and Justice Party and senior member Mohamed al-Beltagi.
The AU delegation is currently visiting Egypt to assess the domestic political situation following last month's ouster of elected President Morsi by the army.
On Wednesday, the delegation confirmed that it had met Morsi, who has not been seen in public since his overthrow.
"We want to put an end to the idea that this is about two countries fighting each other," Konaré told a news conference at the Arab League's Cairo headquarters on Thursday.
He said Egyptians needed to find a political solution to the crisis before the situation deteriorated further.
"Egypt is a country of tolerance," Konaré said. "That's why it's important that all parties… engage in dialogue."
Egypt has been in the grip of political violence since Morsi's July 3 ouster by the army following mass protests against him.
Since then, his supporters have been staging daily protests and sit-ins to denounce what they describe as a "military coup" against the elected president and to demand his reinstatement.
The two largest pro-Morsi sit-ins have been staged in Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in eastern Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2013, 10:12