03 Feb '11, 1pm

Egypt starts dialogue but main opposition rejects talks

Egypt starts dialogue but main opposition rejects talks

CAIRO: Egypt has started a dialogue with "political parties and national forces," state television said on Thursday, but the main opposition coalition rejected any talks before President Hosni Mubarak goes. Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said talks would involve protesters in Tahrir square, focal point of sometimes deadly anti-Mubarak rallies which entered their tenth day on Thursday. Vice President Omar Suleiman has started a dialogue with "political parties and national forces" against the backdrop of the ongoing protests, a news ticker on state television said. "The dialogue will include representatives of protesters in Tahrir Square," according to Shafiq, the television reported. The official MENA news agency said Suleiman and Shafiq "met a group of representatives and heads of parties who have accepted to join a national dialogue, this morning at the cabinet." But the op...

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