CAIRO: National Alliance to Support Legitimacy member Magdy Qorqor rejected attempts to internationalize the Egyptian crisis, in response to a call issued by a Muslim Brotherhood member demanding the United States impose sanctions on Egypt.
Qorqor told The Cairo Post Friday, “The current crisis in Egypt is a political one … and it should be peacefully solved inside Egypt and only by Egyptians.” He also said, “I am against bullying abroad.”
Spokesperson for the international relations committee in the Freedom and Justice Party Abdel Mawgoud Rageh el-Dardeery called for the United States to impose sanctions on the current Egyptian regime in Egypt during a conference titled “Democracy and Human Rights in Egypt” held Monday at Tennessee State University, reported Youm7 Thursday.
Dardeery further welcomed other suggestions, referring to the importance of the international pressure. He asked, “Why does the U.S. administration support such a regime?”
In his speech, Dardeery also noted that there are some contradictions between what he described as U.S. President Barack Osama’s support for the current regime and his previous speech about freedom and democracy at Cairo University a few years ago.
The Muslim Brotherhood, of which the Freedom and Justice Party is a part of, was officially designated by the Egyptian government as a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013, following an explosion took place at the Dakahlia Security Directorate on Dec. 24.
The Brotherhood had consistently condemned a crackdown by the interim government against the group following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. The group recently announced that over 2,500 people died during the Rabaa al-Adaweya and al- Nahda sit-in. Other reports were issued by other human rights groups, including the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights who said there were 904 deaths and the National Council for Human Rights who said 632 deaths.
Saudi Arabia also formally declared the Brotherhood a “terrorist group” in March, and King Abdullah decreed jail terms of up to 20 years in February for anyone belonging to a terrorist group or fighting abroad.
British Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned at the beginning April a review of the Brotherhood’s UK activities, after reports suggested that members of the group have moved to London to escape a crackdown in Cairo.