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National reconciliation not political dialogue: Egypt's president adviser

Presidential media adviser says reconciliation has 'psychological, social, moral dimensions', not about trading gains and concessions amongst parties

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Jul 2013
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Ahmed El-Moslimany, media advisor to Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour, said that the national reconciliation for which the presidency has called will not stray from the Egyptian people’s demands.

The interim presidency called for national reconciliation after former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military following mass protests against him.

El-Moslimany added in a press conference on Tuesday that national reconciliation is not the same as political dialogue, where gains and concessions are given to any party that participates in the talks.

“This reconciliation has psychological, social, and moral dimensions, and aims to achieve consensus and bridge any gaps within Egyptian society to accomplish civil peace,” El-Moslimany continued.

The Muslim Brotherhood has refused to participate in the new transitional phase initiated by the military and the opposition.

Mohammed El-Beltagy, a leading Muslim Brotherhood member, repeated his rejection for reconciliation on Tuesday.

“The reconciliation will not ever be accomplished under a military coup,” El-Beltagy told Reuters.

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