Stillwater News Press

August 16, 2013

World reaction to clashes in Egypt


Associated Press

CAIRO —

Reactions on Friday around the world to developments in Egypt following clashes in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured:
 
INDONESIA
 
Thousands of protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers, in several cities across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, calling for the bloodshed in Egypt to end. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his annual state-of-the-nation address that the excessive force used to disperse demonstrations in Egypt was against democratic values and humanity. He called on all parties to "build compromise and seek a win-win solution."
 
___
 
TURKEY
 
Turkish officials kept up their criticism of the military government's crackdown, with President Abdullah Gul saying that "all that happened in Egypt is a shame for Islam and the Arab world." Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors for consultations late Thursday as their relationship worsened.
 
___
 
GERMANY
 
The Foreign Ministry urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to Egypt, extending a previous warning to include Red Sea beach resorts around Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheik. Germans who are already in beach resorts were advised to be vigilant and stay in close touch with hotel management and travel agents. The German Travel Association said most Germany travel companies have cancelled all bookings to Egypt until Sept. 15.
 
The German government also announced it was suspending 25 million euros in aid to Egypt for climate and environmental protection projects. Funding for new development projects will not be approved for the time being, said Development Minister Dirk Niebel.
 
___
 
EUROPEAN UNION
 
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel want European Union foreign ministers to meet next week to coordinate a response to the violence in Egypt. The two spoke by telephone on Friday, and called for an end to violence and a resumption of dialogue.
 
___
 
TALIBAN
 
The Taliban condemned the violence and called for the restoration of the deposed president, Mohammed Morsi. In a statement signed by The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name under which the Taliban ruled Afghanistan until ousted by a U.S. invasion, they also called on international organizations to take practical steps to stop the violence and "not be satisfied with only condemning this barbaric incident."
 
___
 
SWITZERLAND
 
The Foreign Ministry warned against all travel to Egypt, saying there was a risk that the violent clashes between government forces and protesters "will spread throughout the country." The ministry advised Swiss citizens already in Egypt to keep informed, obey curfews and stay away from crowds or "events of all kinds."
 
___
 
SPAIN
 
Spain's Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Egyptian Embassy's charge d'affaires, because the ambassador was absent, to urge Egypt to revoke the state of emergency and rein in its security forces. The priorities of the transitional government in Cairo should be to avoid more bloodshed and respect human rights, the ministry said in a statement. It said all sides should be included in "a broad national and inclusive dialogue" to restore institutional normality.
 
___
 
NORWAY
 
Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide condemned the disproportionate violence against demonstrators in telephone conversation with Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi. "My message was that everything must be done to prevent a bloodbath, that the security forces must comply with international human rights obligations, and that all parties must show restraint," the online Norway Post quoted Eide as saying.
 
___
 
FINLAND, SWEDEN, NORWAY AND DENMARK
 
The Nordic countries changed their advice to citizens, warning against all non-essential travel to Egypt. Several tour operators canceled trips to Egypt and began returning tourists early from holiday resorts.
 
___
 
POLAND
 
The Foreign Ministry is advising Poles against traveling to Egypt. However, the ministry said on its website that it considers Red Sea resorts safe. It also says Polish citizens in Egypt should avoid big cities, bazaars, shopping malls and museums.
 
Polish tourists returning from the beach resort of Hurghada told TVN24 in Warsaw that all tours were canceled, except visits to the town of Hurghada, and that armed guards were stationed at the town's airport.
 
___
 
SAUDI ARABIA
 
In Saudi Arabia, whose rulers have given financial assistance to the post-Morsi government in Egypt, the top religious cleric called on Egyptians to refrain from attacking police "as they are the ones who protect the country." The online Saudi newspaper Riyadh also quoted Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik, who holds the rank of Cabinet minister, as saying that it would be "a great loss for the Muslim nation if Egypt, the big Islamic country, is destroyed