8 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi: I Accept Criticism, Respects Opposition

In an interview with the CNN, President Mohamed Morsi said on Monday 7/1/2013 that Egypt is moving steadily towards economic stability after it had managed to achieve political stability which was culminated with endorsing the constitution and rearranging some government portfolios.

The president said the elections of the House of Representatives, which will be held shortly, will boost political stability.

He said he accepts criticism adding nobody would be put in jail because of his opinions, calling on both the majority and opposition to compete within a democratic framework that could take the state towards a better future.

He said relations between Egypt and the United States are based on reciprocity, mutual respect and common interests, calling on the countries of the world to invest in Egypt. He said Egypt is sponsoring Palestinian reconciliation far any interference.

President Morsi said Egypt's Copts are the sons of the homeland adding they are having the same rights of Moslems. He said all Egyptians are Equal and are having the same rights and duties.

On the IMF loan to Egypt, the president said the IMF loan measures will be completed shortly adding there are sincere negotiations between Egypt and the IMF far from any conditions.

On the deployment of peacekeeping troops in Sinai, he said they are deployed under the peace agreement rejecting any interference in Egypt's political and military affairs. He said Egypt's security is an indivisible part of Egypt's security, adding this does not clash with the international agreements Egypt has signed.

President Morsi said "We all care about democracy and freedom in Egypt and opposition has the full right to express its points of view."

Asked about lawsuits lodged by several people against critics of his policy, Morsi said "all critics have the right to do that. But if there are lawsuits lodged by some Egyptians, these lawsuits are being considered by the prosecution and judiciary."

Morsi hailed Egyptian-US relations as good, saying "I wish more strength and stability in the bilateral ties to serve the best interests of Egyptian and US peoples."

"We seek to cooperate with all countries to achieve scientific, economic and technological renaissance and the US people and civilization could have an active role in moving towards such future," Morsi said.

He hailed a role played by US President Barack Obama in reaching a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in November last year.

As for Egypt's commitment to treaties and conventions, Morsi said that Egypt respects all treaties and conventions. However, he said, if any party violates its obligation, the other will review its stance.

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