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Egypt army chief meets Islamists to resolve crisis

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Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Islamist leaders overnight to try to resolve the deadlock between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi and Egypt’s army-installed interim government, the army said on Sunday.

Sisi “met with several representatives of the Islamist movements ... and stressed that there are opportunities for a peaceful solution to the crisis provided all sides reject violence,” army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement, without specifying who his interlocutors were.

Authorities have repeatedly urged Mursi supporters to leave their two major sit-ins in Cairo which have paralyzed parts of the capital for over a month.

But Mursi’s supporters insist on the reinstatement of Egypt’s first democratically elected president as a pre-condition for any resolution to the crisis.

(With AFP)