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Morsy starts dialogue with political groups despite NSF boycott

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President invites 11 political parties and hard line politicians for talks on current situation

President Mohamed Morsy called for national dialogue on January 27 after instating state of emergency in Suez, Ismailiya and Port Said (AFP/File, Khaled Desouki)

President Mohamed Morsy called for national dialogue on January 27 after instating state of emergency in Suez, Ismailiya and Port Said (AFP/File, Khaled Desouki)

President Mohamed Morsy will start a round of talks with 11 political parties on Monday evening, to discuss the recent violence that has left more than 40 dead across the country.

Despite the announcement made by the National Salvation Front saying it would not be participating, the presidency has confirmed talks will be held with the remaining parties as scheduled.

The invitation for dialogue was sent to the Salafi Al-Nour Party, the Freedom and Justice Party, the Construction and Development Party, Al-Wasat Party and the Strong Egypt Party.

Morsy also invited non-Islamist parties like the Socialist Public Coalition, Al-Wafd, Al-Dostour and the Free Egyptians Party.

According to a presidential statement, the meeting intends to bring together political groups and parties, who have proposed initiatives to contain the violence.

The meeting was called for on Sunday evening after Morsy had given a speech in which he announced the state of emergency in Suez, Ismailiya and Port Said.

He addressed the nation following the escalating events and called for a national dialogue with all political figures. This is the second attempt at national dialogue after a call in December was boycotted by opposition groups.

“There is no alternative to dialogue. It is the only way for Egypt to become stable and safe,” the president said in his speech.


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