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Presidential advisor to meet with former Brotherhood members

Ahmed El-Muslimany plans to meet with former members of the Islamist group to 'hear their points of view'

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Sep 2013
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Presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Muslimany said on Sunday that he will meet with young former members of the Muslim Brotherhood this week.

El-Muslimany told Al-Ahram Arabic website that the meeting will include 20 young people who were once members of the Islamist group.

“The aim of this meeting is to hear those youth, as we have earlier heard the point of views and opinions of many political forces,” said the spokesman.

An informed source told Al-Ahram that the meeting will also be attended by a number of former leading Brotherhood members.

Well-known laywer Tharwat El-Kharbawi, former MP Mokhtar Nouh, former Brotherhood spokesman in Europe Kamal El-Helbawi, and journalist Abdel-Galil El-Sharnoubi will attend, according to the source.

The youth groups invited reportedly include members of the Muslim Brotherhood Youth Coalition, formed following the ouster of Morsi in 3 July, and the Muslim Brotherhood Against Violence Movement.

The source added that there was also an attempt to include the more influential groups such as the Revolt Movement or Youth Against the Coup, but they refused until the government ends its arrest campaign against young Brotherhood members.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members have been arrested since the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on 14 August.

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