Abdel-Moniem Abul-Fotouh meets Azhar Grand Imam

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Jul 2013

Talks are part of former presidential candidate's wider efforts to 'communicate with different parties to contain ongoing crisis the country is facing'

Head of Strong Egypt Party Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh (Photo: Reuters)

The Strong Egypt Party announced that founder Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh met with Al Azhar’s Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayib on Friday to discuss possible national reconciliation efforts in order to end conflict following the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

According to the party’s Saturday statement, the talks between former presidential candidate Abul-Fotouh and El-Tayib are part of the former's efforts to "communicate with different parties to contain the ongoing crisis the country is facing."

Defence minister Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi announced Morsi’s removal on national television following popular nationwide protests demanding Morsi’s resignation.

Shortly after Morsi’s removal on 3 June, constitutional court head Adly Mansour was sworn in as interim president and a constitutional declaration containing a transitional ‘roadmap’ for early presidential elections was issued.

Hundreds of thousands of Morsi supporters have been protesting for his reinstatement ever since, with deadly clashes erupting intermittently.

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