Egypt’s Brotherhood to Hold Talks With Government


muslim-brotherhoodEgypt’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, says it will hold talks with the government aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.

The fundamentalist group said in a statement early today that it will meet with Vice President Omar Suleiman to press its “legitimate and just demands.”

Senior Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mursi said the group is sticking to the protesters’ main condition that President Hosni Mubarak step down. Mursi told The Associated Press the talks will take place later today.

These would be the first known discussions between the government and the Brotherhood, suggesting the banned fundamentalist group could be allowed an open political role in the post-Mubarak era.

Some opposition leaders met with Suleiman on Shabbos but said there was no breakthrough.

{ Newscenter/AP}