4 December 2012

Egypt: Freedom of Expression in Country Has No Ceiling

Presidential Spokesman Dr. Yasser Ali said President Mohamed Morsi discussed at his meeting on Monday 3/12/2012 with Ali Marzouki, the speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives means of boosting bilateral relations, providing the legal base for increasing investments between Egypt and Indonesia together with enhancing cultural and educational relations between the two countries.

The two sides agreed on the need for mitigating the sufferings of the Palestinian people and reopening crossings.

The Presidential Spokesman said Abdel Rahman El Sadeq, the aide to Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir conveyed during his meeting with President Morsi, the appreciation of the Sudanese president for the efforts exerted by Egypt to enhance relations between the two countries.

The Sudanese official briefed the President on the progress of talks between the Sudan and south Sudan and efforts by the African Union in this respect.

The Presidential Spokesman said President Morsi stressed the need for pushing forward relations with the Sudan and Egypt's efforts to work with the Sudan and south Sudan. The meeting also discussed a number of regional issues, development in Africa, solving disputes through peaceful means, and the crisis in Mali.

He said Egypt is doing its best with all parties to find a developmental means to address the crisis, dismissing as incorrect reports a Sudanese mediation among all political powers in Egypt.

The Presidential Spokesman said the presidency respects peaceful expression of opinion as this right is guaranteed for all, on condition that there should be no aggression on public and private property. He said there will be no extraordinary measures adding any political faction which sees that there is a need of demonstrations, this matter is welcomed.

He said the president and his vice president are working to dispel fears over the constitutional declaration, adding the Egyptian judiciary is respected by all. He referred the president's keenness to maintain the independence of the judiciary is not a source of doubt.

On the demonstration around the constitutional court, Ali said we do not want to witness this scene despite the fact that nothing is new.

He said the state is committed to protecting judicial establishments adding no judge was denied access to the court.

On the suspension of some media, the Presidential Spokesman said we do not favor this adding if it was done within the framework of law, this is welcomed adding the freedom of expression in Egypt has no ceiling. However he said if any media outlet that violates law, we enjoy the right to go to court.

Concluding, he urged media not to carry reports whose sources are not known adding what is taking place in Egypt is temporary and will end when constitutional stability is achieved.

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