In an interview with the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, and his first interview with foreign media since taking office as interim president of Egypt, 'Adly Mansour discussed a wide range of domestic matters, such as Egypt's constitution, the planned parliamentary and presidential elections, the position of the Muslim Brotherhood and of religious minorities in the country, and Egypt's efforts to restore security, as well as foreign policy issues, such as Egypt's relations with the European Union, the United States and regional countries.
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian poet Fatima Naoot, which aired on Rotana Egypt on August 4, 2013:
Fatima Naout: "When I learned Egypt's true history – not the false history they teach you at school – I began writing 'Egypt,' rather than 'the Arab Republic of Egypt.' They tell you that this goes against Islam. In what way? When Persia was conquered by the Muslims, it remained Persia.
On Monday, Copts endured a difficult evening inside the Zenhom morgue, as the bodies of four Copts who were killed on Sunday were autopsied.
MCN experienced the moments of pain and suffering of the victims’ families, who had been waiting all day for the autopsies of their loved ones to be completed.
A shadowy jihadist group based in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for a weekend car bombing in a major Suez Canal city, underscoring the growing threat posed by Islamist extremists in Egypt nearly four months after a coup.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, also known as Ansar Jerusalem, said in a message posted on jihadist forums that it was behind the explosion, according to the SITE monitoring group, which tracks extremist Web sites.
According to the official spokesperson of the Constitutional Committee, Mohamed Salamwy, the Constitutional Committee has finished the first phase of its work and the draft constitution will now move to discussion by the body as a whole.
In his statement, Salamwy said that for the next 30 days, “the main objective will be to prepare the constitution's final draft for a vote. This means settling differences among members over unresolved issues and seeking as wide a consensus as possible.”
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