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UK foreign secretary calls for end to violence in Egypt

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says the EU supports a peaceful solution to Egypt's political crisis, that violence must end on all sides

Ahram Online, MENA , Sunday 18 Aug 2013
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague (Photo: Reuters)
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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned all forms of violence taking place in Egypt and urged dialogue, said the UK Foreign Office in a statement released Saturday detailing a phone conversation that took place earlier between Hague and Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy.  

"The foreign secretary emphasised UK condemnation of all acts of violence, whether disproportionate use of force by the security forces or violent actions by some demonstrators," the statement said.

Hague has emphasised that the EU is determined to support a “peaceful resolution of the situation” in Egypt. He said all sides should take steps to end present violence and engage in dialogue. 

The statement also assured that the Egyptian government showed commitment “to the political roadmap published on 4 July, based on dialogue between all parties who accepted peaceful political processes."

Egypt witnessed renewed violence Friday as well as Saturday. Clashes mainly erupted between pro-Morsi protesters and residents of areas where demonstrations were taking place. Government buildings, police stations and churches were also attacked. 

On Saturday, security forces and armed men hiding in Al-Fath Mosque in Ramsis Square exchanged fire. Security forces managed to clear the mosque of protesters trapped inside by the end of the day, arresting the shooters. 

On Wednesday, more than 600 were killed and thousands injured as security forces dispersed two sit-ins held by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City and Al-Nahda Square in Giza.

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