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Egypt's defence minister calls for 'dialogue meeting' Wednesday

Defence minister calls for 'dialogue' between presidency, opposition groups; Presidential spokesman stresses planned meeting's apolitical nature

Zeinab El Gundy , Tuesday 11 Dec 2012
Morsi and al-Sisi
File photo: Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo August 22, 2012. (photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Colonel Mohamed Ali issued a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday night stating that Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was inviting President Mohamed Morsi and "political parties and forces" to hold dialogue on Wednesday in hopes of resolving the current political crisis.

"The defence minister is calling for the meeting with the purpose of holding dialogue among all the nation's partners, including the president of the republic. The invitation also includes cabinet members, the political elite, various political powers, revolutionary youth and Al-Azhar representatives, along with church representatives, artists, labourers and farmers," the statement read.

It added that the meeting would convene at 4:30pm on Wednesday at the Air-Defence Hall at Egypt's Olympic Village in the New Cairo district.

Ali said the planned meeting was not a call for political dialogue, but rather a message to comfort the Egyptian people.

Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali, meanwhile, told the CBC satellite channel that President Morsi would be attending the meeting, which, he reiterated, would not be political, since only the presidency can request a national dialogue.

"The minister's invitation aims at fostering a social dialogue, not a national political dialogue," Ali stated.

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12-12-2012 03:36am
What type of dialogue !
Social dialogue or national political dialogue ? IT does NOT matter what you call it. The critical issue here is ALL the political rivals must meet face to face to discuss and argue their case and convince the President of their viewpoint regarding the draft constitution and other matters. I am sure the President has the interests of all Egyptians in his heart and he will make the decision which will unit all citizens behind him in this critical point in history. The President and his MB government won via the ballot box and if they should be thrown out by the people, this too must be via the ballot box. The choice today is between democracy and law of the jungle! One final word: well done the Egyptian Defence Forces support in this crisis, they protect people from themselves internally and from their enemies externally !!
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11-12-2012 11:31pm
if this is not going to lead to a new constitutional arrangement, what else is it, but another attempt to deflate the energy of the Bullyhood's educated opposition?
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