Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya on Sunday dismissed reports that it was in talks with the Interior Ministry aimed at ending an ongoing crackdown on Islamist allies of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in exchange for a halt to all pro-Morsi demonstrations.
Local media quoted Khaled al-Sherif, spokesman for the group's Building and Development Party, as saying that the Gamaa Islamiya was trying to reach a deal with the ministry to end an ongoing arrest campaign targeting Islamist leaders in return for stopping all protests calling for Morsi's reinstatement.
However, party secretary-general Alaa Abul-Nasr told Anadolu Agency that the reports were baseless.
"I personally contacted al-Sherif and he said his remarks had been distorted," Abul-Nasr said.
Al-Sherif, he said, had only spoken with security officers in order to secure the release of the administrators of his Islamic website, Islam Today, who had been arrested earlier this month.
Abul-Nasr reiterated that demonstrations demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, deposed by the powerful military on July 3, would continue – despite the crackdown.
"We will continue our peaceful, legitimate struggle… against the bloody military coup until it's reversed," he added.