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Merkel: Egypt must talk with opposition

Published: 30 Jan 2013 16:53 GMT+01:00

Merkel told a joint press conference in Berlin with President Mohamed Morsi that Germany wanted a successful transformation process in Egypt, where Morsi took over last year, and was ready to help.

"From my side I made it clear that there are different things that are very important for us," she said adding: "One is that dialogue with all political forces in Egypt is always available."

Different political forces should also be able to make a contribution, human rights be maintained and religious freedom "be lived", Merkel added.

The visit comes after almost a week of violence in Egypt has left more than 50 people dead.

Merkel said Morsi's visit -- his first to Germany, Europe's biggest economy, since his election in June -- was appreciated, albeit shortened, given the "not easy" political situation at home.

It had originally been scheduled to last two days.

Morsi told reporters that Egypt would have "rule of law" and be a state that allowed the exchange of opinions, and spoke of ties with Germany based on respect of different interests "without interference in domestic affairs".

Mohamed El Baradei, a leading figure in the opposition National Salvation Front, called Wednesday for urgent talks with Egypt's leadership to address the political crisis. Two days earlier the opposition rejected Morsi's call for dialogue.

Most of the deaths in recent days came in Port Said, where clashes erupted Saturday after a court issued death sentences against 21 supporters of a local football club for their role in deadly riots last year.

Egypt's military chief on Tuesday warned that the political crisis could lead to the collapse of the state.

AFP/hc

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Your comments about this article

19:00 January 30, 2013 by McM
The Canadian political cartoonist Clement summed up one of the main issues in the new Egypt. He drew Morsi delivering a speech from his new office.

Quote..."The old regime was autocratic,dictatorial and secular. We're not secular."

I hope there is some resolution soon as the country is really going down the drain and it is such a pity, and such a nice place. Talks with Dr. Merkal is a good thing but too late I fear to avoid more social unrest in the short term.
19:32 January 30, 2013 by magdi20025
i hope to support egypt

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14:35 January 31, 2013 by raandy
Morsi "said and spoke of ties with Germany based on respect of different interests "without interference in domestic affairs".

He means trade with Germany buy German weaponry, but he had to listen to Mrs Merkels political postulating inorder to do that but only for one day.
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