Rival factions in Egypt on Thursday (January 31st) condemned the violence that killed dozens in a week of unrest and pledged support for a national dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis, AFP reported.
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb chaired talks between opposition heads, Islamists, youth groups, independents and church members at Al-Azhar headquarters, with leaders from the National Salvation Front (NSF) and the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) attending.
Participants signed a document vowing to support "serious dialogue" and condemning "all forms of violence and incitement to violence", emphasising "the responsibility of the state and its security apparatus to protect citizens".
In his opening remarks, al-Tayyeb said a "national dialogue including all segments of society is the only way to resolve" differences.
"We come out of these talks with some sort of optimism", despite "the difficult challenges ahead", said NSF leader Mohamed ElBaradei.
Also present at the talks was ElBaradei's fellow NSF leader and former Arab League secretary-general Amr Musa and head of the FJP Saad al-Katatni.