UN political affairs chief leaves Cairo for Doha

United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman left Cairo for Doha on Friday following a four-day visit to Egypt.

UN political affairs chief leaves Cairo for Doha


 United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman left Cairo for Doha on Friday following a four-day visit to Egypt.

While in Egypt, the UN diplomat had met with interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi.

During a Thursday meeting with al-Beblawi, Feltman said his visit to Egypt was aimed at "better understanding the situation and hearing the news from the sources," according to a government-issued statement.

The UN political affairs chief, however, did not meet Muslim Brotherhood leaders or groups that support ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Feltman also met with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi to discuss developments in Syria and the Palestinian territories.

The UN official also met with a delegation from Egypt's Al-Azhar, during which he said that Al-Azhar – considered the highest religious authority in the Sunni-Muslim world – was able to play a mediating role in the country's current crisis.

Egypt has been in the grip of violence since the military ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency. 

Since then, hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators have been killed and wounded by security forces countrywide.

Scores of police and army forces have also been targeted in attacks on security facilities and checkpoints, especially in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 16:14
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