Muslim Brotherhood denies negotiations with army

The Muslim Brotherhood has denied any negotiations with the military leadership as the group and its Islamist allies continue their protests denouncing the removal of Mohamed Morsy from the presidency by the army two weeks ago.

“There have been no direct or indirect negotiations until now between group leaders and the army,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson, Gehad al-Haddad, told the pan-Arab, London-based Asharq al-Awsat.

Haddad, however, said that some Western ambassadors are trying to determine the group's plan for the future. He did not name those ambassadors, but said that the Brotherhood did not deliver them any messages.

The newspaper had quoted sources pointing to serious negotiations between both sides, mainly through Western mediators. The sources revealed that the talks had been suspended.

Haddad reiterated that the group still insists on Morsy's reinstatement as president.

“We still insist on Morsy's release and his return to the presidential palace, and also on the release of group leaders who either do not face any charges or face unreasonable accusations,” Haddad said.

The group and its allies have been staging a sit-in at Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in Nasr City to denounce Morsy’s removal as a military coup. The group has declined to partake in the transitional government of Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy, which is expected to be announced this week.

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