During the meeting, both parties agreed on the significance of reform calling for the lifting of the state of emergency, re-establishment of civil liberties and the support for free and fair elections. They both established the importance of unity among all opposing political moves regardless of differences in ideology.
The Muslim Brotherhood delegation headed by Dr. Mohamed Ali Bishr included Dr Essam El-Erian media spokesman and member of the MB Guidance Bureau, MP Saad Al-Husseini, and Engineer Ali Abdul-Fattah. The Wafd Party’s members included Secretary General Munir Fakhry Abdel-Nour and members of Al-Wafd’s Parliamentary Committee Dr. Ali Al-Salmy, Dr. Iglal Raafat, Ahmed Aouda, and Ramzi Zaqlama.
El-Arian described the talks as constructive during a brief press conference following the meeting. “Both groups found common grounds on many thorny issues and Egypt ‘s urgent need for efforts by its honorable citizens to politically, economically and socially overcome this critical stage.
Mohammed Ali Bishr from the MB, explained that the questions raised by the Wafd Party’s leaders concerning the Muslim Brotherhood’s stance on a number of issues were most satisfactory discussed at the end of the meeting. However, some issues need to be further explained adding “We are ready to explain our views”.
He stressed that the Brotherhood delegation offered their proposals on different issues. He also added that the MB can not discredit views and proposals of the Wafd Party and believes they are legitimate, stressing that the Muslim Brotherhood members are neither headstrong nor autocrats.
” Egypt is a country capable of accommodating different ideas and attitudes,” he said, pointing out that the Muslim Brotherhood promotes citizenship, where every person must have the right to live and to defend their life, regardless of opinion and beliefs.
For his part, Munir Fakhry Abdel Nur said the two parties exchanged views and found common grounds and values. They demanded the annulling of the state of emergency, the trying of civilians in special courts, and the need for constitutional reform and amendment of Articles 76, 77, and 88 of the Egyptian constitution to establish a sound democratic system.
Munir expressed his desire for further constructive dialogue and meetings to get answers on questions about many