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Germany sends envoy to Egypt over NGO raids

Envoy to meet Egyptian FM over raid on German think tank

AP , Tuesday 3 Jan 2012
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Germany says it is sending an envoy to Egypt to press authorities over the raid on the Cairo office of a German think tank.

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was sending his envoy for change in the Arab world, Volkmar Wenzel, to Cairo. He is to talk with Egypt's foreign minister and other officials.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, which has links to Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, was among 10 pro-democracy organizations whose offices were raided last Thursday. On Friday, Egypt's ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.

The Foreign Ministry says Wenzel will press for quick clarification of authorities' case against the foundation. It reiterated that Westerwelle expects Egypt to "immediately" stop obstructing the foundation's work.

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