Army chief to Mursi supporters: Egypt has room for everyone

CAIRO Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:53pm EDT

An anti-Mursi supporter of Egypt's army walks in front of his shop, with huge posters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with cross and crescent symbol of the unity of Egyptians in downtown Cairo August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

An anti-Mursi supporter of Egypt's army walks in front of his shop, with huge posters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with cross and crescent symbol of the unity of Egyptians in downtown Cairo August 7, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said in a speech to military and police officers on Sunday that his message to the supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is that "there is room for everyone in Egypt".

But in his first public comments since last week's security crackdown on Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi also warned that anyone who resorts to violence would not be tolerated.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh)

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