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Egypt's Morsi in "safe place," not allowed out for safety


08:36, July 11, 2013

CAIRO, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said Wednesday that deposed President Mohamed Morsi is in a safe place and well treated, but not allowed out for his own safety, official news agency MENA reported.

"Morsi is in a safe place and he is being treated with dignity, " MENA quoted Amr as saying.

While not completely sure about Morsi's location, Amr asserted he is treated very well, the report added.

Last week, Morsi was ousted by the army after millions of people took to the streets to protest his "poor performance" since he took office a year ago. The army then handed over the power to run the country to the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

At least 51 were killed and more than 450 were injured on Monday in clashes between security forces and supporters of Morsi in the vicinity of the Republican Guards, where the latter believed the deposed president is detained.

Amr stressed the violence is unacceptable under all circumstances, while assuring the Egyptian authorities welcome peaceful protests.

The foreign minister reiterated the Brotherhood, which Morsi hails from, should listen to the millions of people, who took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the government under Morsi, and participate in the political process.

At the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Egypt's interim presidency prayed that God would bring his country peace and security in a statement entitled "One Nation."

The interim presidency called on Egyptians to end the ongoing bloodshed and bridge their differences, reiterating that it is going to invite all parties to a meeting within the first week of Ramadan.

The interim presidency welcomed the role of Al-Azahar and its Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb, in the reconciliation process, adding that it will endorse all efforts to achieve reconciliation.

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