Egypt not like Syria, Arab League chief says

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Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi says the situation in Egypt cannot be compared to what is happening in Syria, in an interview with Al Arabiya television.

The Arab League chief said what is happening in Syria is a dispute between Russia and the United States and a new version of the “Cold War.”

Arabi said the EU had the right to suspend the sale of arms and security equipment to Egypt and their demand for a fast transition to democracy in Egypt is “legitimate.”

“We have to admit that they have stable policies and from my conversation with Catherine Ashton, I know that they understand Egypt’s position and I don’t think we should expect anything surprising, but it is their right to push for a faster path towards democracy and it is a legitimate demand.”

He described the ouster of Mohammad Mursi on July 3 as a revolution backed by the armed forces.

He said Mursi was democratically elected but stressed that “elections are not the only factors for democracy and legitimacy.”

The official position of the Arab League regarding Egypt’s current events will be announced after Arab foreign ministers meet in September.

Arabi expressed hope that the Muslim Brotherhood will allow its youth activists to play a role in the upcoming political stage.

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