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Swedish concern about crisis in Egypt

Published torsdag 4 juli 2013 kl 09.49
Mohammed Mursi. Carl Bildt. Photo: Scanpix/Montage: Swedish Radio

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he regards the unfolding situation in Egypt with grave concern and believes it will affect the future development of the entire Arab world.

"Once we spoke of the Arab Spring. Now we are obviously in the midst of a very different development, a new phase in an Egyptian revolution. Will this strengthen democracy or will it lead away from democracy?", Bildt told Swedish Radio News late last night as it was becoming clear that the elected president Mohammed Mursi had been removed by the Egyptian Army.

"Egypt is not only the biggest country in the Arab world, but also the cultural, intellectual and historically leading one. This will determine the entire Arab development," he added.

He wrote in his twitter feed that consultations are ongoing in the EU concerning a common reaction to events in Egypt.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has advised against unessential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. Transiting through the international airport in Cairo is not included in the travel advisory.

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