New Egyptian PM seeks dialogue, end to divisions

By REUTERS
July 21, 2013 01:13

CAIRO- Egypt's interim prime minister appealed on Saturday for an end to the nation's divisions following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and said tough measures might be needed to revive the economy.

Appearing relaxed and confident on state television, Hazem el-Beblawi, an international liberal economist, called for dialogue between political parties, adding that security had to be restored to Egypt's streets after weeks of mass protests.

"Egypt is more important to the world than we think and deserves more from us. The coming stage needs more harmony and reconciliation," Beblawi said in the lengthy interview.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has branded the ousting of the president as a military coup and has said it will not enter into any talks with its opponents until he is restored to power, staging a round-the-clock vigil in Cairo to push their demand.

"There can be no dialogue when the gun barrels are pointing towards the anti-coup protesters," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said, dismissing Beblawi's appeal. 


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