Islamist coalition calls for dialogue to ease Egypt's crisis

Islamist coalition calls for dialogue to ease Egypt's crisis

A coalition of Islamists said on Saturday it was ready to seek dialogue to end Egypt's bloody political crisis, on condition that the army-backed government halt a security crackdown, Reuters reported.

The public offer was the first of its kind by the group since the violent dispersal of pro-Islamist sit-ins this summer, and it notably did not call for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The most populous Arab state was thrown into turmoil after the army overthrew Mursi on July 3.

It was not immediately clear if the move would be backed by top leaders of the Brotherhood, which is part of the alliance, the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy, or how the military-backed government would respond.

Since hundreds were killed by security forces in the break-up of Islamist protest vigils in August, there has been no sign that either side is willing to open a dialogue to ease the turmoil, which has ravaged investment and tourism.

Saturday's initiative could signal a willingness by the Brotherhood to pull their supporters off the streets, limiting the chance for confrontation, ahead of another round of mass protests called for this week.

The Coalition said at a press conference that dialogue could occur only if detainees were released and Islamist protesters were allowed to demonstrate peacefully.

It also made the dialogue conditional on an end to "hate campaigns" by the media. It said that satellite channels that broadcast Islamist views must be allowed back on air.

State and private media have been in lockstep with the military-backed authorities since Mursi's overthrow, helping to whip up a public frenzy against the Brotherhood and its supporters.

TWO-WEEK WINDOW

Mohamed Ali Bishr, a Brotherhood leader who represented the group in meetings with Western diplomats as they attempted to negotiate an end to the sit-ins before they were broken up, said the dialogue offer was "limited to two weeks".

Bishr, one of the few Brotherhood leaders not in jail, is seen as someone who could possibly negotiate with the military-backed authorities.

The government has unleashed a fierce crackdown against the Brotherhood since Mursi's overthrow, arresting thousands of its members, including Mursi and most of its top leaders.

It has accused the Brotherhood of carrying out terrorist acts and said it would only be welcome in politics again if it renounced violence.

The group has been banned, and a panel of judges on Saturday recommended that its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, be dissolved.

The Brotherhood, for decades a non-violent underground movement, denies espousing the use of force and says the army staged a coup and undermined democratic gains made since a popular uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

It remains to be seen whether either the government or the top Brotherhood leaders, who have rejected dialogue outright and insist that Mursi remains the legitimate president, might be ready to compromise.

"It could be a turning point in the crisis if it was taken seriously by the government," said Khail al-Anani, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

"This is the first time for the coalition to implicitly remove the requirement of reinstating Mursi," he said. "It can give a small window for negotiation."

If the initiative gains traction, it might result in the Brotherhood suspending street protests and limiting the scope for confrontation. A state of emergency and nightly curfew, declared after Mursi's overthrow, were ended on Thursday.

Western allies want the government to create an inclusive political process to bring stability to Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the strategic Suez Canal.

Compliance services become more relevant in Azerbaijan - PASHA Bank
Compliance services become more relevant in Azerbaijan - PASHA Bank
Uzbekistan’s 1M2021 profit for banks increases
Uzbekistan’s 1M2021 profit for banks increases
Uzbek currency rates for March 5
Uzbek currency rates for March 5
Loading Bars
Latest
Kazakhstan determines priorities of foreign policy
Compliance services become more relevant in Azerbaijan - PASHA Bank
Several servicemen killed in military helicopter crash in Turkey
Azerbaijan doing everything to create new transport infrastructure in South Caucasus – Russian analyst
New reality created in South Caucasus - head of department at Istanbul Kadir Has University
Demining of Azerbaijani lands complicated by Armenia’s refusal to provide maps of minefields - Expert
Long-awaited end to Karabakh conflict creates new opportunities - Former US ambassador to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan shows footage from Kechikli village of Zangilan district (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan interested in strengthening export and investment potential with Argentina
President Aliyev gives speech at virtual Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization
MFA shares potential sectors of Lithuanian investment in Georgia
Georgian kiwi enters Japanese market
Azerbaijan's ENGINET company talks unique solutions for local market
Kazakh gold extracting venture opens tender to buy spares
Kazakhstan intends to attract funds to improve energy efficiency of facilities
Volume of food products sold in Baku's trade network increases
Georgia shows progress in curbing coronavirus cases - WHO
Azerbaijani Finance Ministry allocates funds for maintenance services
Restaurant business subsidizing program launched in Tbilisi
UK's Johnson says Brexit problems in Northern Ireland are solvable
Supporting Member Country ECAs: ICIEC endorse supportive reinsurance treaty with JLGC
Uztekstilprom, French Proparco talk profitable financing for textile projects
Georgian consulting company launching project for female entrepreneurs
Georgian wine export to US down
Russia and Azerbaijan lead in import of electricity to Georgia
Several low-cost airlines resume flights to Georgia
Azerbaijan-Belarus foreign trade operations for Jan. 2021 revealed
Azerbaijan confirms 124 more COVID-19 recoveries
Kazakhstan increasing control over development of oil and gas fields
State property privatization plan in Georgia surpasses initial plan
Several containers with cargo to pass through Azerbaijan along BTK railway - ADY Container
Rehabilitation centers can be established in Azerbaijan's liberated lands - Agency
Azerbaijan discloses number of imported cars in 2020
Uzbekistan’s 1M2021 profit for banks increases
Germany approves AstraZeneca for over-65s
New plant to be commissioned in Baku
Azerbaijan to receive Astra Zeneca vaccine via COVAX mechanism - WHO
Turkmengas opens again tender for operation of video surveillance system
Uzbekistan, Belarus agree to expand range of mutually supplied agricultural products
Uzbek currency rates for March 5
Italian Eni launches implementation of its solar energy project in Kazakhstan
Ensuring security in Karabakh our top priority - Turkish president
Georgia eyes to select new investor for Anaklia port
Creation of Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan Business Council under discussion
Covaxin demonstrates prowess of Atmanirbhar Bharat, says ICMR chief
India, Philippines sign key defence pact, set ball rolling for BrahMos missile sale
Turkey supports Georgia in deepening relations with Euro-Atlantic structures
Moldova Post plans to develop co-op with Turkmenistan in field of postal services
Georgia preparing for issuance of new Eurobond
Europe reviewing Russia's COVID-19 vaccine
German companies interested in funding Azerbaijan's railway projects
Uzbekistan to launch production of electric scooters in Fergana region
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee chairman names most-imported products for 2020
India, Norway to work together in marine spatial planning
PM Modi may launch trading points, connectivity projects in Dhaka
India to fund NRs 246 million for reconstruction of Cultural Heritages in Nepal
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan resuming mutual air traffic
Several ships and related facilities to be launched in Iranian ports
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 4
Azerbaijani FM’s letter to UN sec-gen disseminated as document of organization
Kazakhstan increases imports of Iran-made goods
Georgia plans to create new economic development plan
Baku Statistical Department discloses Jan. 2021 volume of paid services to citizens
Electricity production in Georgia to increase after Namakhvani HPP is ready
Uzbekistan reveals volume of industrial production for Jan. 2021
Students and graduates of Baku Higher Oil School shown high results in entrance exams for master's degree programs
Azerbaijani PASHA Bank eyes attracting IT companies to implement joint projects
Azerbaijani banks' demand at foreign exchange auction decrease
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price fell
Azerbaijan, Turkey to hold joint military exercises (PHOTO)
Turkish foreign minister to visit Uzbekistan
Volume of cargo loaded, unloaded in Iran’s Dayyer port revealed
Kazakhstan’s Ulba Metallurgical Plant announces tender to buy accumulators
Moldova Post talks details of postal communication resumption with Turkmenistan
Buta Airways to launch ticket sales for Baku-Istanbul-Baku Flights
Iran Khodro Company expects to meet forecasts
Azerbaijani IT company seeks to promote smart home systems abroad
Iran declares data of exports, imports via Astara port
Several mines produced by Armenia found in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district - Trend TV reports
Azerbaijan releases 2M2021 data on transactions of local investment companies'
EU delegation's head talks interest in raising Azerbaijani regions' financial inclusion
Most of construction work in Baku during Jan. 2021 carried out by private companies
BlackRock builds 5% stake in Toshiba, becomes third largest shareholder
Iran discloses volume of rapeseed to be harvested
Azerbaijan, Iran negotiating to open customs post on border, in Khudaferin village
Uniper sees increase in generation capacity
EU invests in micro-entrepreneurship dev't in Azerbaijani districts
Azerbaijan gives update on number of COVID-19 vaccinated citizens
Turkmenistan to expand production of Balkanabat iodine plant
Azerbaijan expects creating new broadcasting opportunities for Internet TV, radio channels
Belarus excludes Azerbaijan from list of countries with heavy COVID-19 situation
Israeli identity validation co Identiq raises $47m
Kazakhstan boosts trade turnover with India despite COVID-19
Industrial oil inflow received at Turkmen field
Exxon and Macquarie in $11.7 billion U.S. lawsuit over gas contract
China boosts steel imports from Turkey
Georgia reports 133 new cases of coronavirus for March 4
Azerbaijan considers joint military exercises with Pakistan - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan wants peace and is promoting peace today - President Aliyev
President Aliyev: We hope Pakistan will join existing, emerging transport routes Azerbaijan
All news