UN's Feltman ready to meet with 'all parties' to Egypt crisis

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, Feltman said he had come to Cairo to hear "all parties" involved and examine the situation on the ground.

UN's Feltman ready to meet with 'all parties' to Egypt crisis

 

World Bulletin/News Desk

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, currently in Cairo for talks with government officials, said Wednesday that he was willing to meet with "all parties" to Egypt's current political crisis.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, Feltman said he had come to Cairo to hear "all parties" involved and examine the situation on the ground.

But he stopped short of saying whether his itinerary would include meetings with leaders of Egypt's embattled Muslim Brotherhood.

Earlier this month, Egypt's presidency announced the failure of diplomatic mediation efforts with the Brotherhood, the group from which ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails, blaming the Islamist organization for the failure.

Days later, security forces violently dispersed two major pro-Morsi sit-ins, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured. The deadly crackdown was condemned internationally, with some western governments going so far as to take punitive actions against Egypt.

Since Morsi's July 3 ouster, Egypt's military-backed authorities have waged a crackdown on the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies, including Tuesday's arrest of group leader Mohamed Badie.

Feltman arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian officials in hopes of easing the country's current state of unrest.

Earlier this week, a high-profile diplomatic source at the UN told Anadolu Agency from New York that Feltman's visit aimed to look into ways that the international body might help Egypt's rival factions find a solution to the political crisis.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ağustos 2013, 16:40
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