1 February 2013

Egypt: Presidency Welcomes a Document Issued By Al-Azhar

The Egyptian presidency has welcomed a document issued Thursday by Al-Azhar calling for ending violence in the streets.

President Mohamed Morsy has closely followed up a meeting held Thursday by the political powers under the auspices of Dr. Tayyeb, said a statement released by the presidency.

The presidency hailed the meeting as an important step to bring about stability in the Egyptian streets, the statement said.

The presidency also commended the document for calling for activating the national dialogue.

The Azhar issued the document renouncing violence nationwide. The document underlines commitment to the national values of the January revolution and respect of human life and public and private property.

It says a clear line must be drawn between political work and vandalism, and stresses the state's duty to provide security to the citizens and protect their constitutional rights.

It also rejects all forms of violence, defamation and rumors.

The document was signed by a group of revolution youths, Al-Azhar, a number of political parties and heads of the three Egyptian churches.

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