Islamists must accept transition plan before talks: Egypt minister

AFP-JIJI

An Egyptian minister on Sunday ruled out accepting an Islamist offer for dialogue until the Muslim Brotherhood recognizes the government’s transition plan and renounces violence.

Social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei said the Brotherhood must also accept Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow was a “revolution.”

A Brotherhood-led coalition on Saturday proposed its most flexible plan yet for reconciliation talks, but it said the initiative was aimed at other parties and not the military-installed government.

“There must be a recognition that June 30 was a popular revolution, and the (government’s) road map was agreed on by the Egyptian people to build a modern state,” Borei said.

He added that the Brotherhood should accept that its members on trial on murder and “terrorism” charges “are excluded from the idea of reconciliation.”

Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi himself, are on trial for allegedly inciting violence before and after the Islamist’s overthrow on July 3.

The military deposed him following massive protests starting on June 30 calling for his resignation.

The Muslim Brotherhood “has to apologize and stop violence on the street,” Borei added.