Egypt's Moussa apologises for 'confusion' over meeting Brotherhood's El-Shater

MENA , Sunday 9 Jun 2013

Former Arab League chief says any decision taken by him will be coordinated with the National Salvation Front until 30 June

Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa (Photo: Reuters)

Leading member of the National Salvation Front (NSF) Amr Moussa vowed Saturday that he will not act independently of the opposition bloc through to 30 June, after he was vehemently criticised for meeting with a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure.

Moussa's comments came two days after a private meeting with Khairat El-Shater Thursday that stirred controversy as it was seen by many as a departure from the NSF’s refusal to join a dialogue until concessions are made by the ruling Islamist regime.

"I apologise for the confusion that happened as a result of my meeting with Khairat El-Shater ... I affirm my keeping to all of the Front's fundamentals and promise to protect its unity, because it represents the opposition and has a national stance," said Moussa in a press conference that followed a meeting for NSF members at Al-Wafd Party's headquarters.

He further added that until 30 June any action will be coordinated by NSF members.

Mass protests have been called for 30 June, principally to demand early presidential elections.

The Rebel campaign, which aims to gather 15 million signatures withdrawing confidence from President Mohamed Morsi, to outnumber the 13.2 million votes that got him into office in June 2012, called for protests 30 June on the first anniversary of Morsi's accession to power.

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