Thursday, 11 April 2013

Egyptians ‘would love’ to be in a union with Israel: Islamist MP

Egyptians “would love” to be part of an Islamic Union model which will bring together not only the Muslim countries but Israel as well to discuss how to solve regional conflicts, a prominent Islamist member of Egyptian parliament told a Turkish television station during a visit to Istanbul this week.

Egyptian members of Parliament, from the Islamist Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), meet with members of Turkey’s A9 television station. (Photo courtesy A9 TV)

Abdulmawgoud Dardery, head of the Foreign Relations Committee at Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), told Turkey's A9 TV that Egyptians “cannot wait” to see the formation of an Islamic Union model, in which even non-Islamic countries such as Israel, Russia and Armenia take part, according to a press report by the Turkish channel sent to Al Arabiya.

Dardery made the statement in response to a question by Turkish author Adnan Oktar during a talk show on A9 TV. Oktar asked whether such a union is possible and Dardery “heartily agreed” and said Egyptians “would do whatever it takes on their part to contribute to that,” the report added.

Dardery and other Islamist MPs were visiting Turkey to seek “advice on how they could speed up the process of reforming their country, including ways to fight corruption, cleaning up the streets, and improving human rights,” the report said.

The other Islamist MPs were founding FJP member Mohamed Abdelsalam Elsanousy and Saad Ahmed, also a founding member of the FJP and responsible for education and civil society in the Luxor region.
Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

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