1 February 2013

Egypt: Political Powers Sign Azhar Document On Renunciation of Violence

Political, partisan, and religious powers Thursday 31/01/2013 agreed on an al-Azhar document rejecting violence and encouraging dialogue.

The document was proposed by revolution youths and drafted by al-Azhar in cooperation with all political powers that also agreed on forming a panel to draw up foundations and topics of the dialogue to restore security and stability to Egypt.

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyeb held on Thursday a meeting with a number of political, partisan, youth and national leaders.

The meeting tackled the domestic situation and means of achieving national consensus to restore security and stability in Egypt.

Tayyeb reviewed Azhar's vision to surpass the transitional stage to establish a democratic stable state.

Tayyeb has stressed national dialogue is the only way to surmount any political or partisan differences.

Political action has nothing to do with violence and sabotage, he said during a meeting with representatives of the various political and youth currents.

Tayyeb urged different political, partisan, intellectual, media and religious trends to discard all forms of violence and criminalize them.

The meeting discussed a document for relinquishing violence, which was proposed by some youth movements. Al-Azhar's vision on achieving national harmony was also probed.

The meeting was attended by envoys from the National Salvation Front (NSF), the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Development and Building Party (DBP) and Al-Nour Party.

Speaking at a press conference following the meeting, Baradei stressed the need to renounce violence and achieve consensus among all political groups, with the involvement of Al-Azhar and the Church, to resolve disputes peacefully.

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