In his first meeting with chief editors of state-run, partisan and private newspapers after his election as president, Dr. Mohamed Morsy said he is president of all Egyptians, dismissing accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Freedom & Justice Party (FJP) of trying to ikhwanize the state institutions.
"These reports are a far cry from reality and not possible at all," he said. On demands by some that assurances are needed for Copts, Morsy said that all citizens have equal right.
"Why should I give assurances to Copts? There is no need for such assurances because simply this is their own country and I refuse any foreign interference in this matter," he affirmed.
Morsy said despite the challenges facing Egypt since the January revolution, he was still optimistic about a bright future for the country. He said everyone wants to see Egypt stable politically and economically even if they differed on how to attain that goal. Morsy underlined the importance of respecting opinion and the other opinion.
No to confrontations, no to mistrust and no to dictations; three No's President-elect Mohamed Morsy was keen to start with at his meeting with chief editors of the national, independent and partisan newspapers.
President Morsy was keen to assert at the meeting that the political dictionary in Egypt from now on will be free of the three expressions. All Egyptians are good citizens and belong to the same homeland, he asserted. The president also confirmed the necessity of having a massive and plenary conference in which all media men are represented.
The gathering is aimed at discussing all related issues to the media in a bid to drive home a true media message the Egyptian youths. The president also touched on other important issues where he asserted that no current visit by US State Secretary Hillary Clinton to Egypt.
Such a visit may be paid in mid-July next month, said the president. Also, there is no meeting with the Israeli prime minister, said the president. He also noted that no foreign head of state will attend the swearing-in ceremony as the event will be sheer Egyptian.
The president sent several messages of assurance, including that to women. He said that women are not forced to do anything regarding any issue related to her creed, let alone their dress code. Women, said the president, are treated on equal footing like men and they have the same rights in all domains.
Touching on the court ruling dissolving the Egyptian People's Assembly, president Morsy said that he respects court rulings although he is not satisfied with the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolving the parliament.
President Morsy asserted that he will be a president to all Egyptians without exception. He noted that he resigned from the post of chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party but he did not resign from the party membership.
At the end of the meeting, the president was keen on standing for a photo opportunity with the Egyptian journalists.