Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are demanding President Mubarak's resignation. Photo: Amr Nabil/Scanpix

Reinfeldt comments on events in Egypt

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has criticised the European Union for its close relationship with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and for its reluctance to speak out in favour of the hundreds of thousands of protesters on the streets demanding his resignation.

Reinfeldt did add that Egypt was an important partner to the West when it comes to creating stability in the Middle East, news agency TT reports.

Reinfeldt has refused to openly call for Mubarak’s resignation and says that it is up to the Egyptian people.

“I think the European Union has been clear when it comes to its support for the transition to a democracy.”

But, Reinfeldt added, political reform could also mean that the country turns more radical.  

“We have the Muslim Brotherhood as a big political power in Egypt and my hope is that the Egyptians will be more inspired by Prime Minister Erdogan’s party in Turkey, where they have worked to transform Turkey into a secular Muslim state.”

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