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Freeze of Aid Whips Up Anti-US Sentiment in Egypt.


CAIRO — Washington’s decision to withhold millions of dollars in mostly military aid to Egypt is fueling anti-U.S. sentiment and the perception that Washington supports Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist president the military ousted in a July coup.

That could boost the popularity of the military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, whom the United States is trying to pressure to ensure a transition to democracy and ease the fierce crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The aid freeze could also embolden Morsi’s supporters to intensify their campaign of street protests in the belief that the military-backed government is losing the goodwill of its top foreign backer.

The protests, met by a fierce response by security forces that has left hundreds dead, have kept the new government from tackling Egypt’s pressing problems after 2 ½ years of turmoil.

Still, Egypt’s military-backed government is unlikely to abandon the road map it announced when Morsi was removed in a July 3 coup — to amend the nation’s Islamist-tilted constitution and put the changes to a nationwide vote before the end of the year, and hold parliamentary and presidential ballots in early 2014.

“Egypt is not so desperate that it needs to compromise on its political agenda,” George Friedman, founder of the U.S.-based global intelligence firm, Stratfor, wrote this week. “The United States will be the one to eventually readjust to the old reality of backing unpopular regimes that can preserve U.S. influence in the Nile River Valley.”

Warnings that Washington might cut off aid were met with a defiant response in the Egyptian media.

“Let American aid go to hell,” screamed the banner headline of Thursday’s edition of Al-Tahrir, an independent daily that is a sworn critic of the Brotherhood and the United States.

Egyptian newspapers and television have for weeks taken a deeply hostile line toward the United States, portraying Washington as unhappy to see Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood lose power and lambasting it for allegedly meddling in Cairo’s affairs.

The United States announced it was freezing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, most of it meant for the armed forces, as a show of displeasure over Morsi’s ouster and the subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist allies. Washington said the aid would be restored if “credible progress” was made toward setting up an inclusive, democratically elected government.

In its announcement Wednesday, the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, most of it linked to military aid, but officials in Washington said it included 10 Apache helicopters at a cost of more than $500 million, M1A1 tank kits and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The United States. also is withholding $260 million in cash assistance to the government. The United States had already suspended the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets and canceled biennial U.S.-Egyptian military exercises.

In Egypt’s first official reaction, the Foreign Ministry said the United States move raised questions about Washington’s commitment to supporting the Arab nation’s security goals at a time when it is facing terrorist challenges.

That was a reference to a burgeoning insurgency by Islamic militants, some with al-Qaida links, in the strategic Sinai Peninsula, as well as scattered attacks in other parts of the country.

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry said Cairo was keen to maintain good relations with Washington, but will independently decide its domestic policies. It also said Egypt will work to secure its “vital needs” on national security, a thinly veiled threat that it would shop elsewhere for arms and military hardware.

One official said the military was considering stripping U.S. warships of preferential treatment in transiting the Suez Canal or curbing use of Egypt’s air space by U.S. military aircraft. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.

Cairo has built close ties with Washington in the 34 years since Egypt became the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel. The aid has long been seen as Washington’s reward for Egypt’s commitment to peace after it fought four wars against Israel between 1948 and 1973.

The Egyptian military may have gained the most from those close relations, using $1.3 billion annually to replace its aging Soviet-era arms and warplanes with high-tech American weapon systems, state of the art jet-fighters, Apache gunships and battlefield tanks.

Over the years, thousands of Egyptian officers from all branches of the military traveled to the United States for training or to attend military schools.

The biennial war games, codenamed “Bright Star,” gave the two militaries large-scale human contact in a simulated battlefield and in 1991, Egyptian troops fought alongside the Americans as part of the U.S.-led coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

El-Sissi, a career infantry officer who attended the U.S. War Academy, has credited the United States for its huge role in modernizing the Egyptian military over the past three decades.

In a three-part interview published this week in a Cairo daily, he said he appreciated the dilemma the Obama administration found itself in after Morsi’s ouster, having to carefully navigate between respect for U.S. laws on aid to foreign nations where a democratically elected government is toppled and a reliable ally that has for decades safeguarded its interests in a volatile and strategic region.

But the suspension is unlikely to push him to back down.

The military-backed regime in Egypt enjoys the support of key Arab nations, including ones with deep pockets like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These allies have poured billions of dollars into Egypt’s anemic coffers and are likely to continue to do so to win the common fight against Islamists.

The 58-year-old el-Sissi, who has not ruled out a presidential run in elections due next year, stands to gain more popularity at home. In a country where anti-U.S. sentiment runs high, mostly over Washington’s perceived bias in support of Israel, anyone seen to be standing up to the United States gains in popularity.

Already el-Sissi is being widely compared to the late charismatic president Gamal Abdel-Nasser, whose socialist-leaning rule and tense relations with Washington earned him near divine status among Egyptians and fellow Arabs.

In contrast, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s toppled autocratic leader, jealously protected and maintained close ties with the U.S. from the time he took office in 1981 and for the next 29 years. One goal of the revolution that toppled him was to end what many Egyptians see as Washington’s undue influence over Cairo’s policies under Mubarak.

“The popular mood does not seem to care” about the aid suspension, said Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a prominent Egyptian scholar who has a dual-Egyptian-U.S. nationality. “As a matter of fact, most Egyptians who can speak out feel, ‘Just as well, we would like to end this Catholic marriage with the U.S.,'” he told Associated Press Television in an interview.

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John Bolton: US Policy Must Protect Camp David Accord.


Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton says the Obama administration should only support Egyptian leaders who are committed to preserving the Camp David Accords and protecting the Suez Canal.

Anything else, he said in a New York Daily News op-ed piece Thursday, would simply continue what he called “a confused and irresolute” American policy toward what is obviously now a “violently divided” Egypt.

Bolton said the White House should move quickly to define its priorities in Egypt “in light of the country’s strategic significance, and given the potential for protracted hostilities there between armed combatants.”

“What Washington needs to do is clear. U.S. policy should be to support only Egyptian leaders unambiguously committed to Camp David, both to its terms and to its broader regional significance,” Bolton argued in the Daily News piece. “And we must assist those who place highest priority on repairing Egypt’s badly weakened economy and securing its international economic obligations, particularly safe transit through the Suez Canal.”

Bolton insisted that the 1978 Camp David agreement signed by then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the urging of President Jimmy Carter, “was critical not only to establishing this foundation of America’s overall Middle East policy, but also evidenced Egypt’s momentous shift, after the death of longtime dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser, away from the Soviet Union.”

Sadat’s courageous move, he continued, “provided an opening the U.S. used to undermine Moscow’s extensive regional influence, and was an early sign that the Cold War was entirely winnable.”

Bolton noted that it was Islamist nationalists associated with the Muslim Brotherhood that assassinated Sadat in 1981 because of the Camp David agreement that led to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979.

“Then, as now, the Brotherhood has only contempt for Egyptian leaders who seek peace with Israel,” he said, adding that if ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi “had enjoyed only a slightly longer tenure in office, he would likely have abrogated Camp David entirely.”

“Make no mistake, if Washington takes Camp David for granted, it will disappear, and quickly,” he warned.

As for the canal, Bolton urged the administration to ensure that it remains open, say that not only Egypt but Europe and the United States as well would “suffer” if the ongoing violence results in its closure.

“Already, 2 1/2 years of domestic instability have made the Sinai Peninsula a haven for terrorists and devastated Egypt’s economy, with both foreign investment and tourism revenues plummeting,” he added.

Bolton also rejected calls from some Republicans to stop U.S. to Egypt’s military, whose leaders, he said, have been “close to Washington.” He urged the administration to give “our Egyptian friends flexibility in their internal political debates.”

“This does not mean granting them a completely blank check,” he continued. “It does mean rejecting the Obama approach of essentially supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which is as much an armed militia as a political party, and condemning the interim government.”

“What is happening in Egypt now is not pretty,” Bolton concluded. “We should take care that our efforts to improve things don’t make them worse, disrupting our larger regional and worldwide interests.”

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Lisa Barron

Michael Youssef: The Hidden Egyptian Problem.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

I know Egypt—not just through being Egyptian, but through empirical and academic knowledge as well.

The Muslim Brotherhood was formed in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an elementary school teacher. The organization’s stated aim was to overthrow British Imperialism and establish an Islamic state in Egypt—a state that would eventually encompass the Arab world. Although the British have since departed, the remaining goal has never changed.

The Muslim Brotherhood initially cooperated with the “free officers” of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which overthrew King Farouk and eventually the British. But from that moment on, the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Army switched from cooperation to rivalry. It was a matter of “who will swallow whom.” President Gamal Abdel Nasser imprisoned most of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership, tortured others, and put some to death.

Many years later, Hosni Mubarak, the third successor to Nasser, came to power. Mubarak, head of the Egyptian Air Force during the 1973 war with Israel, took over in 1981 after an Egyptian Islamic Jihadist assassinated his predecessor, Anwar Sadat.

In dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood, Mubarak implemented what could be called a “bait and switch.” Sometimes he arrested their leaders (including recent president Mohammed Morsi). Other times he allowed them to occupy up to 25 percent of the seats in the Egyptian parliament—all along knowing that he couldn’t trust their deadly ideology.

But in January 2011, when the young college-educated masses took to the streets in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities, the Muslim Brotherhood had to figure out how to respond. At first they stayed on the sidelines, fearing that if those “democracy ideologues” failed, then the Mubarak regime would come after them. But after the secularly-educated young adults succeeded (after paying a heavy price) in ousting Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood then jumped on the bandwagon, claiming the revolution as their own.

And who was there to encourage the Muslim Brotherhood? It was none other than the American administration.

The rule of the Egyptian Army during the sixteen months following Mubarak’s departure turned out to be a disastrous experience for Egyptians. So under pressure from the American administration, they then conducted a so-called “free and fair election.”

There is reason for my cynicism in describing the election that way. You will never learn from the Western media what my friends in Egypt experienced during that “election”.

The contest was between a former head of the Air Force, General Shafik (also a one-time prime minister under Mubarak) and a third-choice Brotherhood candidate named Mohammed Morsi. During the election, thugs took over many of the polling stations, particularly in Upper Egypt.

They told Christians that if they wanted to live, they better not go inside and vote. Incidentally, they did the same thing during the referendum on the new constitution, which the Islamists concocted as a prelude to Sharia.

People who can do simple math will discover that less than 15 percent of the population voted “yes” on that referendum. But that’s not the entire story.

According to documents discovered after the recent June 30th Revolution, Morsi actually lost the election by more than 200,000 votes. But the American ambassador in Cairo, Anne Patterson, who was carrying the wishes of her bosses in Washington, pressured the military counsel (English Translation) to declare Morsi the winner. The reason was to avoid bloodshed.

That is the nub of it all.

Ever since 9-11, American politicians on both sides of the aisle have developed this narrative that says: “We should fight Islam with Islam.” Meaning: “If Islamists are allowed to rule and are allowed to taste the nectar of power for which they have longed for decades, they will turn away from terrorism. Let the Islamists rule, and we all shall live in peace.”

Well now we know how that American experiment turned out.

Twelve months of Islamist rule have proved to Egypt’s vast Muslim population that the misguided policy of naïve American politicians has only kicked the can of terrorism down the road.

Immediately after taking office, Morsi began replacing moderate Muslim professionals within the government with Brotherhood cronies with no knowledge of how to govern.

During the ensuing 12 months, the economy tanked, poverty rose to an all-time high, and the Brotherhood’s business brokers took all incoming foreign money—whether for business or aid—and distributed most of it among themselves. They then passed on a few crumbs to their followers, some of who are still demonstrating against the popular uprising and the removal of their sugar daddy. One Egyptian news anchor claimed that Morsi’s net worth had risen from nothing before the election, to nearly two billion Egyptian pounds today.

No wonder that 30 million people—mostly Muslims (many of whom voted for Morsi in an effort to reject the Mubarak dictatorship)—took to the streets. They realized that they had just replaced a beneficent dictator with a far worse fascist one.

Of course, now the Muslim Brotherhood is promising a reign of terror to include killings and suicide bombings. So much for avoiding bloodshed.

To add insult to injury, Morsi would not allow the police or the court to prosecute known Jihadists in the country. And to top it all off, when 3,000 Jihadists from Afghanistan and Libya made their home base in the Sinai Desert, he told the Egyptian Army not to interfere with them in spite of the repeated attacks and killings of Egyptian soldiers by these foreign Jihadists.

But I have no doubt that the people of goodwill in Egypt will prevail. They have learned that freedom and Islamist rule cannot co-exist. That’s something that the Western media and the U.S. government would be wise to finally figure out for themselves.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

MICHAEL YOUSSEF

Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. Youssef was born in Egypt.

Egypt’s Morsi calls for dialogue on elections.


  • FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 file photo, Egyptian Ultras, hard-core soccer fans, chant anti-president Mohammed Morsi slogans while attending a rally in front of the provincial government headquarters, unseen, in Port Said, Egypt. Egypt's streets have turned into a daily forum for airing a range of social discontents from labor conditions to fuel shortages and the casualties of myriad clashes over the past two years. Newly called parliamentary elections hold out little hope for plucking the country out of the turmoil and if anything, are likely to just fuel unrest and push it toward economic collapse. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

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  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, an Egyptian Ultras activist chants anti-President Mohammed Morsi slogans while leading a rally during the fifth day of a general strike, in Port Said, Egypt. Egypt's streets have turned into a daily forum for airing a range of social discontents from labor conditions to fuel shortages and the casualties of myriad clashes over the past two years. Newly called parliamentary elections hold out little hope for plucking the country out of the turmoil and if anything, are likely to just fuel unrest and push it toward economic collapse. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)View PhotoFILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 21, …
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Egyptian men inspect posters of slain men with their pictures and Arabic that reads their names, "Ahmed el-Syyed, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, Islam, Osama el-Sherbiny, Ahmed el-Shahat," at a protest camp in front of the provincial government headquarters, unseen, during the fifth day of a general strike, in Port Said, Egypt. Egypt's streets have turned into a daily forum for airing a range of social discontents from labor conditions to fuel shortages and the casualties of myriad clashes over the past two years. Newly called parliamentary elections hold out little hope for plucking the country out of the turmoil and if anything, are likely to just fuel unrest and push it toward economic collapse. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)View PhotoFILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 21, …

CAIRO (AP)Egypt’s Islamist president has invited political forces to join him in a dialogue to find ways to ensure the “integrity and transparency” of upcoming parliamentary elections.

Speaking in a television interview, Mohammed Morsi also rejected opposition charges that the elections he called for April were ill timed given the wave of unrest roiling the country.

“I see that the climate is very agreeable for an election,” he said.

Morsi used the interview, recorded on Sunday but aired early Monday 5 ½ hours behind schedule, to try and improve his standing nearly eight months into his four-year term.

He repeatedly declared that he was a “president for all Egyptians,” claimed he had no quarrel with any of the nation’s political forces and reasserted his respect and confidence in the military.

Source. YAHOO NEWS.

By HAMZA HENDAWI | Associated Press

Egypt: Foreign reserves good for 3 months’ imports.


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CAIRO (AP) — The Central Bank of Egypt says the country’sforeign currency reserves stand at $15.014 billion, enough to cover just three months’ worth of imports.

The central bank said last month that current reserve levelsrepresent a “critical minimum.” Reserves were down slightly, $26 million, from November, according to the bank’s website on Sunday.

The nation’s foreign currency reserves have dropped by more than half from $36 billion before the January 2011 uprising. The main factors are significant cuts in foreign investments and tourism.

On Sunday, 10 new ministers were sworn-in in a Cabinet shake-up aimed at improving the government’s handling of the country’s struggling economy and a rush on dollars by worried residents, spurring a devaluation of the Egyptian pound.

 Source: YAHOO NEWS.
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Call by Brotherhood official for Egypt’s Jews in Israel to return causes stir.


CAIRO – A leading Muslim Brotherhood member and adviser to Islamist President Mohammed Morsicreated a stir in Egypt when he called on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home because Egypt is now a democracy and because the Jewish state won’t survive.

Essam el-Erian’s remarks in a TV appearance put the Brotherhood, which holds power in Egypt, on the spot as opponents — and some allies — jumped on the comments to denounce the group. Morsi’s office this week disassociated the president from the comments, saying they were el-Erian’s personal opinion.

The criticism ran an unusual gamut of Egyptians’ attitudes toward Jews, Israel and the Brotherhood itself.

Some denounced the Brotherhood for trying to put up a veneer of tolerance by inviting Jews to return while Egypt’s other religious minorities, particularly Christians, are increasingly worried about persecution under the new Islamist rulers and an Islamist-slanted constitution.

Others saw the comments as a sort of outreach to Zionists, considered the enemy, and as a new example of how the Brotherhood has had a hard time melding its longtime anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish rhetoric with its new responsibilities since coming to power. Under Morsi — who hails from the Brotherhood — the government has continued co-operation with Israel, upheld the two countries’ peace deal and Morsi last month helped mediate a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

Some warned that el-Erian was opening the door for Egyptian Jews to demand compensation for property taken from them or left behind in Egypt and could even undermine the Palestinians’ right to return to homes in Israel. Still others were simply outraged that a Brotherhood official would invite back Jews, and one hardline Islamist politician threatened any Jews who come back.

And there were a few voices calling for Egypt to sincerely look at past treatment of its Jewish community — including why they left or were expelled — and whether they should have the right to return.

Speaking on private ONTV, historian Khaled Fahmy suggested taking el-Erian’s comments at face value. “I am taking the call seriously. I would like to see it in part as respectable, as addressing morals and high principles.” He said Egyptians should talk about the past “harm to Egyptian Jews” and consider them as still having Egyptian nationality.

“I wish this was put to a public discussion,” he said.

Egypt’s once thriving Jewish community largely left Egypt more than 60 years ago amid the hostilities between Egypt and Israel. Estimates say about 65,000 Jews left Egypt since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, most of them to Europe and the West, with a small portion settling in Israel. Their departure was fueled by rising nationalist sentiment during the Arab-Israeli wars, harassment and some direct expulsions by then-President Gamal Abdel-Nasser, and attacks on Jewish properties, some of them blamed on the Brotherhood, which renounced violence in the 1970s.

Now only a handful of Jews, mostly elderly, remain in Egypt, along with a number of heavily guarded synagogues, open only to Jews.

El-Erian, who is also deputy of the Brotherhood’s political party, made his comments last week on a late night talk show on the private station Dream TV.

“I wish our Jews return to our country, so they can make room for the Palestinians to return, and Jews return to their homeland in light of the democracy” evolving in Egypt, he said. “I call on them now. Egypt is more deserving of you.”

“Why stay in a racist entity, an occupation, and be tainted with war crimes that will be punished, all occupation leaders will be punished,” he said. He added in separate comments that the Zionist “project” will end.

The comments didn’t make much of an impact in Israel, and there was no official comment about them and little discussion of them in the press. In contrast, they raised widespread ridicule and debate in Egypt on TV shows, newspapers and social websites.

Belal Fadl, a popular Egyptian columnist and satirical writer, said the comments were hypocritical given other Brotherhood officials’ statements accusing Egypt’s Christians of threatening Morsi’s legitimacy as president, fueling anger against the minority community.

“How can we believe the tolerance of el-Erian amid all the sectarian statements by leaders of the groups and other sheiks that all seek to chase away Egypt’s Christians in the footsteps of the Jews,” Fadl wrote in the daily al-Shorouk Thursday.

Youssef el-Husseini, a prominent TV presenter known for his liberal views and harsh criticism of Morsi and the Brotherhood, said el-Erian was showing a fake tolerance for Jews to impress Israel and the United States — setting aside the anti-Israel parts of his statement. El-Husseini said that if a liberal made the comments he would be branded a traitor and would be accused of inviting Zionists back to Egypt.

“Is el-Erian flirting with the Zionist state to say we are fine and you are friends,” el-Husseini said on a Sunday morning talk show. “Or is he flirting with Obama” because of U.S. aid to Egypt. “Is the group taking their political garb bit by bit?”

On Tuesday, Morsi’s spokesman said the presidency is not responsible for comments made by el-Erian. “These are his personal opinion,” Yasser Ali, the presidential spokesman said.

Mohammed Salmawy, the head of Egypt’s Writers Union, called el-Erian’s comments “delirium.”

“What is this superficial understanding of matters that borders naiveté?” he wrote, saying the problem of Palestinian refugees is not one of “making room” for their return.

“What the Jews who were living in Egypt want is not to return, particularly in the current circumstances. What they want is compensation for their properties” they left behind.

He said el-Erian was recognizing a right of return for Israeli Jews of Arab origin, which he said would allow for a quid-pro-quo forcing Palestinians refugees to drop their demand to return to homes in Israel so that Jews drop demands to return to Arab nations.

“It seems the way to deny the Palestinians the right of return or compensation is to exchange that right for … the right of the return of Jewish refugees to Arab countries,” he wrote Thursday.

The leading member of a former Islamic militant group, Gamaa Islamiya, which is now a political party allied to the Brotherhood, simply said Jews were not welcome back.

Quoted in the Rose el-Youssef newspaper, Tarek el-Zumor said his group will not tolerate their return “except over our dead bodies or after they change their religion and become Muslims.”

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press | Associated Press

Brotherhood leader: Egyptians must disown violence.


  • Egyptian protesters chant slogans against President Mohammed Morsi while marching to join their fellow protesters near the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Egypt's political crisis spiraled deeper into bitterness and recrimination Friday as thousands of Islamist backers of the president vowed vengeance at a funeral for men killed in bloody clashes earlier this week and large crowds of the president's opponents marched on his palace to increase pressure after he rejected their demands. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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CAIRO (AP) — The spiritual leader of Egypt’s fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood is urging Egyptians to disown violence, saying that working through the ballot box is the best way to lift the country out of its current political crisis.

Egypt has been engulfed in turmoil linked to a contentious draft constitution backed by President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, and his Islamist allies.

Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie says the group’s supporters did not initiate the violent clashes this week outside the presidential palace that left at least six people dead.

Badie’s remarks Saturday morning came ahead of a meeting Morsi has called with his opponents to discuss the crisis. The opposition has rejected talks, saying Morsi must first cancel the referendum on the draft constitution set for Dec. 15.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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