Egypt wants a peaceful resolution in Mali: FM spokesperson

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Jan 2013

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson 'expresses concern' over situation in Mali, asserts Egypt is ready to send aid

Egypt's foreign ministry has expressed concern over recent developments in Mali and called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

"All resources must be exhausted for a peaceful resolution to the problem, and the use of military force should be the last resort," said Amr Rushdy, a spokesperson at the ministry.

He emphasised the need to maintain Mali's unity and territorial integrity.

France began launching airstrikes against Islamist groups in northern Mali on Saturday in response to a request from the Malian government.

"All institutions, and Al-Azhar in particular, must work to eradicate extreme Islamic rhetoric and support a well-balanced image of Islam," added Rushdy, who stressed the importance of a comprehensive solution in Mali, which has for months battled Islamist groups in the north.

Rushdy also confirmed that Egypt was ready to support Mali financially to help it reach a speedy solution to the crisis. 

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday said the military invasion of Mali by France was premature and called for ceasefire, AFP reported.

 

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