‘Sisi asked us to recognise regime in 2016,’ claims Brotherhood official – Middle East Monitor23 Dicembre 2020
The deputy general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood has revealed that the Egyptian regime of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi attempted to initiate a dialogue with the movement in 2016, the Arabic Post has reported. “He tried to communicate with us between 2015 and 2016,” explained Ibrahim Mounir, “when he was asking us to recognise his legitimacy.”Mounir was speaking in exile in the run up to the 10th anniversary of the January 2011 Revolution in Egypt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. He set out five conditions for dialogue to end the political crisis in the country: the release of political detainees; the restoring of all rights (which he did not specify); the army’s return to its natural role in protecting the state and its borders, and not interfering in politics; holding all who have committed crimes against the people to account; and enabling the Egyptians to choose who governs them through democratic elections. The movement, he added, is ready to form an alliance with those who agree on the principle of not recognising the existing regime, preserving the peaceful nature of the revolution, respecting political and ideological diversity, and respecting the popular will.The Brotherhood is banned in Egypt and many of its senior officials and members are languishing in prison. The Sisi regime led the coup that overthrew the late President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Sisi, said Mounir, believes that the Muslim Brotherhood is a threat to Egypt and wants to keep it excluded from politics.”The Egyptian regime is the one which wanted this to be a zero-sum game, beginning with the coup and subsequent massacres, passing through arrests, unfair trials, executions and the seizure of property,” he said. “Sisi says that he will not be able to reconcile with those who want to destroy the country, by which he means the Brotherhood.”Mounir denied that the group had made a deal with the regimes of Mubarak and former President Anwar Sadat. The latter, of course, was involved in the trial that ruled on 4 December 1954 to execute six Muslim Brotherhood leaders.