Egyptian opposition refuses to meet with Kerry

Sabbahi compares U.S. support for FJP to that of Mubarak

01 March, 19:27

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, MARCH 1 - Two leaders of Egypt's opposition National Salvation Front (NSF), Hamdeen Sabbahi and Mohamed ElBaradei, will not be attending the meeting with U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry. The head of U.S. foreign policy will be arriving in Cairo on Saturday evening for a two-day visit. The announcement was made by Sabbahi, former presidential candidate and leader of the Nasserist left, in an interview with the television network ONTV. ''We will make our decisions with our own minds, and Kerry must understand that our decision to boycott the elections is exceptional, since democracy is not just slogans but rules for all.'' Sabbahi said Kerry should address ''the unjust power that barricades itself behind an unbalanced constitution and young people exposed to bullets''.

He urged the U.S., which ''supports democracy, to address the totalitarian regime and not the opposition''. ''Washington is satisfied as far as its interests go with the Muslim Brotherhood in power, since there is no difference between the power of Mubarak and that of Morsi,'' he stressed.

During his visit, Kerry will meet with Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Sisi, Arab League Secretary General Nabil El Araby and representatives of Egyptian civil society. (ANSamed).


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