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Brotherhood calls for national talks

‘NO ACCEPTANCE, NO DIALOGUE’:The overture was the first made by supporters of the ousted president and did not demand his return, but the government was not receptive

AP, CAIRO

Magdy Salem, vice president of the Islamist Party, the political arm of the former militant group Islamic Jihad, said the coalition wants the solution based on last year’s Islamist-drafted constitution.

Also on Saturday, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke on the telephone with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led the coup that ousted Morsi.

Assistant US Department of Defense press secretary Carl Woog said in a statement that Hagel welcomed the end of Egypt’s three-month period of emergency law and curfew, and reiterated that the US values its ties with Cairo, as well as freedom of expression.

“The leaders also discussed the importance of continuing progress on the roadmap toward inclusive democracy,” Woog said.

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