Christian activists meet Brotherhood, oppose army's political role

Christian activists have met with senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and foreign local government minister Mohamed Ali Beshr and agreed on the need to get the Egyptian army out of the political scene completely.

Christian activists meet Brotherhood, oppose army's political role

World Bulletin/News Desk

Christian activists have met with senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and foreign local government minister Mohamed Ali Beshr and agreed on the need to get the Egyptian army out of the political scene completely.

"The meeting was co-prepared by a group of Christian activists including Ekram Lamei and Nabil Morcos and former Muslim Brotherhood leader Kamal al-Helbawi," Samir Elish, a Christian political activist, told the Anadolu Agency. "The meeting was held Sunday and did not discuss the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi," he added.

The powerful Egyptian army deposed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime nationwide.

It suspended the constitution and installed the head of the constitutional court, Adly Mansour, as interim president.

"We discussed threats to national unity and solutions to the country's political, security and economic crises," said Elish.

He added that both sides exchanged views and recognized that despite its "mistakes," the Muslim Brotherhood remains a partner in the 2011 revolution.

"We discussed how people should restore their confidence in the ballot box, which led Islamists to four successive victories and agreed that the military people should leave the political scene completely and return to their job, i.e. guarding the country’s borders."

Lamei, the chairman of the Anglican Church’s media committee, told the AA their meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood leader was preceded by a meeting with judge Mahmoud al-Khodiri, the chairman of the legislative committee in the dissolved parliament.

"We discussed with Khodiri the reintegration of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political life."

He denied the meeting touched on Morsi’s reinstatement.

Last Mod: 17 Temmuz 2013, 13:00
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