Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement today (25 July) on the situation in Egypt:
We are very concerned about the tense situation in Egypt.
With regard to the demonstrations planned for tomorrow I strongly urge de-escalation, restraint and prudence on all parties. All leaders must commit themselves to refraining from violence.
Egypt’s future must not be decided by people clashing in the streets. Only a quick return to the democratic transformation process and to a process under civilian leadership that is inclusive of all Egyptians can pave the way to a bright future.
There must be a political solution to the conflict in Egypt. Exclusion and political persecution must not be allowed.
All sides must credibly seek dialogue and a new start so that Egypt has a chance for stable, peaceful and democratic development finally giving the people genuine prospects for their lives.