Egypt army coordinating with presidency over protests

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Jun 2013

President Morsi meets with defence minister to discuss army's plans to protect important locations during protests on 30 June

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Egypt presidency spokesman Omar Amer (Photo: Official Facebook page for presidential spokesman)

Egypt’s presidency is in full coordination with the Ministry of Defence regarding protests on 30 June, presidential spokesperson Omar Amer said on Sunday.

President Mohamed Morsi’s meeting with Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi focused on the army’s plans to protect strategic sites during the protests, Amer told Al-Hayat satellite channel.

President Morsi reviewed the army’s plans and ordered that they be completed in coordination with the Ministry of Interior.

The meeting came shortly after El-Sisi made comments during a lecture to military figures.

"The armed forces have stayed out of political matters in the recent past, but our national and moral responsibility towards the people obliges us to prevent Egypt slipping into a dark tunnel of civil unrest and killing, sectarianism and the collapse of state institutions," El-Sisi said.

He also called on political groups to engage in dialogue to reconcile and protect the country.

Nationwide protests are planned for 30 June to demand President Morsi's removal and fresh presidential elections. Islamist groups will hold rival rallies in support of the president who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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