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Saudi Grand Mufti Urges Egyptians to Avoid Bloodshed

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A supporter of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi holds sticks after night clashes with anti-Morsi around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, July 3, 2013.

A supporter of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi holds sticks after night clashes with anti-Morsi around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, July 3, 2013.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, urged Egyptians on Wednesday to cooperate in order to avoid bloodshed as an army deadline nears to resolve the country's political crisis.

“Sheik Abdulaziz Al al-Sheik, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, called on the intellectuals and reasonable people of Egypt to cooperate with each other to put right the situation the country is going through, and to resolve the problems with wisdom and reflection, to suppress bloodshed,” state news agency SPA reported.

It added that Al al-Sheik urged Egypt's opposing sides to meet to urgently find a solution to the crisis.

His statement came hours before a deadline set by the army for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to yield to mass protests and share power or give way.

Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Egypt before its 2011 revolution, has not commented on the crisis in Egypt.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia's official Wahhabi school are both proponents of austere versions of Sunni Islam, they have very different political philosophies.
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