Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

17 January 2013

Egypt: Public Figures Attend Salafis, Salvation Front Meeting

A number of leading figures in the National Salvation Front have attended a meeting Salafi Sheikh Mohamed Hassaan had called for, spokesman of the Conference Party Ahmed Salah Kamel told Aswat Masriya on Thursday.

Salafist Front members Mohamed Hussein Yacoub, Gamal al-Marakbi, Mohamed Yousri, Sheikh Mohamed Hassaan, and Saeed Abdel Azim attended the meeting that was held at Sheikh Yacoub's house, Kamel said.

Head of the Conference Party Amr Moussa, head of Wafd Party al-Sayed al-Badawi, former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, and head of al-Karama Party Mohamed Salama who are all Salvation Front members attended the meeting as well.

Those present at the meeting warned of the dangerous polarisation state in the political community, the spokesman stated.

They emphasised the importance of bridging the gap and overcoming all disputes and problems.

The meeting is important since it is the first communication between the Salvation Front and the Salafist Front, Kamel said.

The meeting's attendees agreed that there are ongoing unacceptable practices such as mistrust and affronts as well as accusations of blasphemy and high treason.

This reduces chances for dialogue, they said.

The meeting challenges all reports of an Islamist polarisation, Kamel said.

There is only one party in power, he added.

Kamel expected more meetings to be held between figures of the Salafist Front and leaders of the National Salvation Front.

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