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Reactions to Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi camps

Official reactions to Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in which hundreds died

Reactions to Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi camps

Official reaction Thursday to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi:

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RUSSIA

Russia's foreign ministry has urged citizens to refrain from traveling to Egypt. The Russian Tourism Board had estimated that up to 60,000 Russian travelers are now in Egypt. Russian tourists have been advised to avoid big cities and venues of rallies and demonstrations but diplomats have not urged Russians to stay away from the country altogether.

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TURKEY

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of ignoring violence in Egypt and called on the United Nations Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation. Erdogan also said Egypt's leaders should stand trial "in a fair and transparent way" for what he termed a "massacre."

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FRANCE

French President Francois Hollande summoned Egypt's ambassador and said "everything must be done to avoid civil war." In a statement issued after the meeting, Hollande also said he "condemned in the strongest way possible the bloody violence in Egypt and demanded the immediate end to the repression."

"The liberation of prisoners, while respecting the ongoing judicial procedures, could constitute a first step toward renewing negotiations," Hollande added.

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GERMANY

Germany's Foreign Office summoned the Egyptian ambassador. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, speaking from Tunis, said the ambassador was summoned to be told "that the bloodshed must come to an end now."

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DENMARK

The Danish government announced that it has halted aid to Egypt worth 30 million kroner ($5.3 million), which is channeled through agencies including the World Bank and the International Labor Organization.

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NORWAY

Norway said it had "recently" frozen export licenses for military equipment to Egypt.

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PAKISTAN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged restraint on all sides and called for the Egyptian government to release political prisoners. "The government of Pakistan expresses its dismay and deep concern over the use of force by the Egyptian security forces against unarmed civilians," the statement said.

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AFGHANISTAN

The Afghan government condemned the "killing of civilian protesters" and expressed hope that "our brothers and sisters in Egypt to find a peaceful political solution soon."

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VATICAN

Pope Francis urged prayers for "peace, dialogue and reconciliation for that dear land."


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:27 GMT+08:00