Saudi Arabia and France agree on giving Egypt’s roadmap a ‘chance’

After meeting with France’s President Francois Hollande (L) in Paris, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R)says both countries agreed that Egypt’s roadmap should be given a “chance.” (Al Arabiya)

Saudi Arabia and France have agreed on giving Egypt’s roadmap a “chance,” Al Arabiya reported the kingdom’s Foreign Minister Saudi al-Faisal as saying Sunday.

“We have agreed on giving the roadmap in Egypt a chance to fulfill security and early elections,” al-Faisal said after meeting with France’s President Francois Hollande.

After ousting Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Muri on July 3, the country’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the roadmap which includes temporary suspension of the constitution, early presidential elections and a review of proposed amendments to the constitution by experts and a wide-range of Egyptians.

He said ousting Mursi’s government was a popular demand.

“It is not a small matter when 30 million Egyptians take to the streets to ask their [former] government to conduct early elections and restore security. Security was threatened even during the time of the former [Mursi] regime,” he said.

While Egypt didn’t cast a final decision on whether to disband the Muslim Brotherhood after blaming the Islamist movement’s protest camps of inciting violence, especially against army and police officers, the Saudi foreign minister also re-iterated Cairo’s stance that “freedom of expression should be shown in a nonviolent way.”

According to an Al Arabiya correspondent, Hollande also rejected the violence and killing in Egypt.

On Wednesday more than 600 people were killed after clashes between Mursi loyalists and the security forces, the event led to a “Friday of Anger,” in which more than 100 people were declared dead.

On Sunday violence continued when at least 79 people were killed across Egypt and 549 were wounded, Reuters reported. In addition, about 36 Egyptian Islamist prisoners were killed on Sunday during an attempted prison break, the official MENA news agency reported.

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