Egypt Army Chief Holds Talks with Opposition

Egypt Army Chief Holds Talks with Opposition

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – General Abdel Fatah El Sisi meets representatives from Islamist movements overnight to resolve current political crisis in Egypt.

Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fatah El Sisi met overnight with leaders from the different Islamist movements to try and resolve the crisis pitting supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi against the country's new rulers.

Sisi "met with several representatives of the Islamist movements ... and stressed that there are opportunities for a peaceful solution to the crisis provided all sides reject violence," army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement on Sunday, without specifying who his interlocutors were.

Al Jazeera's reported that the Muslim Brotherhood was not at the meeting, but other Islamist movements were.

She went on to say that it is possible the Muslim Brotherhood "is looking for some concessions before joining political negotiations. They are trying to find gains before they sit and talk."

Morsi supporters have been holding two major sit-ins for more than a month, paralysing parts of the capital, Cairo.

Authorities have repeatedly called for an end to sit-ins, and promised the protesters a safe exit if they went home.



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