Senator John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador Visit FJP, Discuss Egypt’s Democratic Transition

Senator John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador Visit FJP, Discuss Egypt’s Democratic Transition

 Dr. Mohamed Morsi, Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Saturday 10 Dec, met Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the U.S. Congress Foreign Relations Committee, and Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador in Cairo.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Essam El-Erian, FJP Vice-Chairman, and Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, the party’s Secretary-General.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Mohamed Morsi welcomed Kerry and Patterson. He mentioned that Egyptian parliamentary elections are going in the direction of the popular will in Egypt, pointing out that the Egyptian people began to positively practice true democracy after the January 25 revolution and the fall of the former regime.

John Kerry stated that he was not surprised at the progress and leading position of the FJP on the electoral landscape in Egypt, emphasising his respect for the public will in Egypt.

A discussion followed, about the vision of the party on how to take the country out of the current economic crisis and the position of the party on international treaties and conventions signed by Egypt.

Dr. Morsi said Egypt suffers from internal and external crises, and that the first step to remedy these crises is to put the proverbial Egyptian house in order and work for the independence of the legislative and executive authorities, starting with the Parliament.

Dr. Morsi stated that the party is unlikely to make radical changes in the Constitution and laws dealing with investors, explaining that there is a consensus on the key points in the new Constitution, most important of which are: rights of citizenship, civil liberties and civil rights, while there is a need to make certain amendments in Chapter V regarding the powers of the President of the Republic and the regime in Egypt.

Kerry welcomed the FJP vision and called on all Egyptian political stakeholders and parties to work to urgently apply essential mechanisms for the advancement of the economic situation to ensure the survival of the democratic experience in Egypt.

Dr. Morsi mentioned that the FJP does not wish to pre-empt the right of the Constituent Assembly that will be formed and which has the responsibility and the right to set the political system appropriate for Egypt through consensus among participants in that Assembly.

With regard to the position of the FJP on the international conventions signed by Egypt, Dr. Morsi stressed that Egypt is a big country with a long honourable history and plays an important role in Arab, Islamic and international issues, and therefore respects the conventions and treaties that were signed, calling for the U.S. administration to hear the peoples not to hear of them, asserting that America could play a role in the economic development and stability of various peoples of the world, if it wished.