The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party on Wednesday criticized an initiative led by a prominent Salafi sheikh to replace US aid to Egypt, state-run news agency MENA reported.
FJP President Mohamed Morsy said any talk about alternatives to the aid could impede the establishment of the state’s constitutional institutions, according to MENA.
“This is military aid linked to the Camp David treaty, and it’s not the time to talk about it now,” Morsy said while casting his vote for the Shura Council elections in Sharqiya.
Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan appeared on state TV Saturday and called for replacing US aid with “Egyptian aid.” He urged Egyptians inside and outside the country to donate to a fund to replace US aid, which he said is used to pressure Egyptian decision makers.
Hassan in an interview with Al-Hayat 2 satellite channel said he will meet with Al-Azhar’s grand sheikh Wednesday to discuss the initiative.
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