Bildt, currently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, notes that it is still unsure how long Mubarak is prepared to stay on, but says "there is no doubt that Egypt is, in one way or the other, moving towards a new president. The question is when, how and who. The way things are developing now makes it even more important to clarify this." Bildt tells TT.
He expresses concern over the violence reported from Egypt and says that, in addition to the tragedy in lives lost, it is also "deeply worrying" from a political perspective.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, also in Davos, urges Mubarak to meet the protesters with reform and open up for "what people perceive is correct, open and free elections". He tells Swedish Radio News that, fundamentally, the people in Cairo are on a route where the whole world is heading "as growth spreads to more countries, when economies become stronger, then the pressure increases for it to include and for it to be sustainable".