Egypt army chief, opposition meet

2013-07-03 15:55
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Cairo - Egypt's armed forces chief was meeting on Wednesday with opposition leader Mohamed el-Baradei and top Sunni Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders, a source close to the military said.

The discussions with General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi focused on the roadmap the military has threatened to impose at 14:30 on Wednesday unless Morsi "meets the demands of the people”, following four days of mass protests calling for his resignation.

The talks involved Sisi, former UN nuclear watchdog chief el-Baradei, Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the top Sunni Muslim authority.

Also present were representatives of the Salafist Al-Nur Party and the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which the embattled president hails.

Members of the grassroots Tamarod movement, which mobilised millions of people onto the streets on Sunday to demand Morsi's resignation, were also party to the talks, according to the source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.

The military issued its ultimatum to Morsi on Monday, giving him 48 hours to either find a solution to the crisis or face being imposed with a roadmap that it has drawn up.

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