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Egypt's Brotherhood welcomes NSF calls for dialogue: Group spokesman

Muslim Brotherhood hails Al-Azhar initiative to end political crisis, but tells opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) to drop all 'pre-conditions' for dialogue

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Feb 2013
Ahmed Aref
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has welcomed opposition calls for dialogue and an end to recent political violence, but stressed that all parties must be prepared to enter talks without pre-conditions.

The statements were made by Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Arif and published on the group's official English-language website ( on Friday.

Arif made the comments in reference to a Thursday initiative by Egypt's Al-Azhar – later joined by the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) – aimed at ending the country's ongoing political crisis.

Arif went on, however, to reject any NSF-imposed "preconditions" for talks.

"Dialogue will bring NSF representatives together with the president," Arif told Egyptian state news agency MENA. "But this must be done without preconditions or presumptions that had been earlier imposed by the NSF."

Arif went on to stress that any dialogue must be conducted in accordance with Egypt's constitution and law.

Responding to NSF demands that the Brotherhood legalise its status as an organisation, meanwhile, Arif confirmed that the group – which, he said, "has nothing to hide" – was taking steps toward that end.

Meanwhile, failed presidential contender and leading NSF member Hamdeen Sabbahi issued a statement on Thursday in which he said the NSF did not intend to hold talks before certain conditions were met and steps taken to end state violence against protesters.

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16-02-2013 01:44pm
Respect Election Process
NSF and all oppositions must put their ideas to the Egyptian people and get elected before behaving like victors. NSF mmust respect the electoral process and be respectable losers in democracy.What will happen if NSF won the election and MB and others organise daily protest.It is not good for the country economy.As election is coming, please organise yourself and harness your energy and offer the Egyptian an alternative party to choose. Election is coming soon and please do something. In the meantime Egypt must protect her citizens from the arson, damages to propery and threats to human life. Criminals must pay for their crimes. The police, arm forces, court and the prosecution must play their respective role.If they did not play the role responsibly go and remove them.
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