BERLIN: Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy insisted the interim government had not abandoned the path to democracy amid a deadly crackdown on opponents, in an interview to be published today.
Fahmy, a former ambassador to the United States, told German news weekly Der Spiegel that Egypt’s military leaders were unlikely to extend a month-long nationwide state of emergency imposed last week.
“I assure our friends that we are maintaining our road map to democracy,” he said.
He said Egyptians “would not accept the country staying under the now-imposed state of emergency in the long run.”
And he said the Muslim Brotherhood backers of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi were welcome to a dialogue on Egypt’s political future “as soon as calm and order have been restored”.
“Those who have not broken the law can take part in the political process,” he said.
Fahmy chided Western allies for their sharp criticism of government force against pro-Mursi demonstrators.
“I am disappointed that the violence by the other side has not been more clearly recognised and condemned by the West,” he said.
He discouraged direct intervention in the conflict by the United States or the European Union.
“This is an Egyptian problem that we must solve,” he said.
“I trust the military, I am sure that the officers are not fixated on power.”