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Head of Al-Azhar meets Nour Party figures

Leader of key Islamic institution meets with Salafist party head

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Jul 2013
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The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayyeb, met on Tuesday with senior figures from the Salafist Nour Party to discuss the party's propositions for national reconciliation.

The meeting included party head Younis Makhyoun and its vice-president Bassam El-Zarqa.

Egypt has seen mass demonstrations by supporters of Morsi since his ouster on 3 July by the military following nationwide protests demanding his resignation. The presidency has announced it aims to hold a process of national reconciliation and has called on the Brotherhood to take part.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its main Islamist ally Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya have rejected the calls, insisting they will not take part in any talks or negotiations unless Morsi is reinstated.

The Nour Party, a former ally of the Brotherhood, supported the military-backed ouster of Morsi, as did Al-Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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