Heggy says he values the national dialogue but stops short of participating in any political movement

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Jun 2022

Egyptian space scientist and former-presidential scientific adviser Essam Heggy said on Twitter that he “values all the participants and organisers of the national dialogue in Egypt and wishes them luck,” but stated that he does not participate in any political movement because he serves the nation through science and education.

Scientist Essam Heggy


“I value all the participants and organisers of the national dialogue in Egypt... but my own way of serving the nation is through science and education, and I did not, nor will I have any participation in any political movement, whatever its affiliation or goals” Heggy said on his official Twitter account on Friday.

“I am not in a rivalry with any party regardless of the extent of differences. I wish luck to all the participants.” he added.

Heggy’s tweet came after Diaa Rashwan, the general coordinator of the dialogue and head of the Journalists Syndicate, made an announcement on Thursday that an invitation was extended to Heggy to participate in the national dialogue that will kick-off in July.

Rashwan also revealed that invitations to participate in the dialogue have been sent to hundreds of people, including member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) George Ishak and well-known lawyer Essam El-Islamboly.

The list of invitations also includes former ministers of health Amr Helmy and Ashraf Hatem, opposition MP Diaa El-Din Dawoud, and former jihadist turned Islamist writer Nageh Ibrahim, he added.

Rashawn has previously stressed that no one will be excluded from the presidential call for national dialogue except those who have blood on their hands or practiced terrorism or violence.

Furthermore, he noted that thousands of citizens have communicated with the dialogue’s administration and submitted dialogue-linked proposals, urging those willing to join it to submit their requests at the National Youth Conference’s website.

Parties like El-Wafd and the Free Egyptians also announced that they will participate in the dialogue.

Egypt will hold its first sessions of the national political dialogue during the first week of July, according to a statement by the dialogue’s administration that was released on Wednesday.

The dialogue is part of steps taken by the country to advance its human rights situation as part of the National Strategy for Human Rights that was launched in September.

During the annual Egyptian Family Iftar Banquet on 26 April, El-Sisi assigned the National Youth Conference — which is organised by the National Training Academy — to conduct a dialogue on current national issues and deliver the outcomes to him.

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