Foreign minister says Egypt still on path to democracy
BERLIN (AFP) - 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 on Monday.
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 roadmap 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 Mohamed Mursi were welcome to a dialogue on Egypt's political future "as soon as calm and order have been restored".