International envoys meet minister in Cairo to ease Egypt crisis

August 3, 2013 16:00


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CAIRO - Senior US and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt's army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and to head off more bloodshed.

At the same time, the new government promised Morsi's supporters a safe exit from their protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy held talks with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, US Ambassador Anne Patterson and European Union special envoy Bernardino Leon for almost an hour on Saturday morning, the official MENA news agency said.

The international mediation effort stepped up pace a month to the day that the Islamist Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted in the face of huge street demonstrations.

An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement said Fahmy reiterated the interim government's commitment to a transition "road map" leading to new elections. It also wanted to achieve national reconciliation, including all political forces "as long as they refrain from all forms of violence and incitement to it".

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