Egypt military chiefs in crisis talks
03 July 2013, 17:00
Cairo - Senior military commanders were in emergency
talks on Wednesday after Egypt's embattled President Mohammed Morsi rejected
their ultimatum to resolve the current crisis, a source close to the military
The meeting comes ahead of a 16:30 deadline for the
Islamist leader to "meet the demands of the people" - who took to the
streets in their millions on Sunday demanding he go - or face army
"They are in talks to discuss the details of the
roadmap" for the post-Morsi scenario, the source told AFP.
At the start of the meeting, the military chiefs swore to
defend Egypt with their lives.
"We swear to God that we will sacrifice our blood
for Egypt and its people against all terrorists, extremists and the
ignorant," they declared in an oath led by army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
the source said.
The army is expected to issue a statement after the
expiry of its deadline, the source added.