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Bildt urges Egyptian foreign minister: "dialogue"

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he has had a long talk with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Aboul-Gheit. Bildt, who is at an international conference in Helsinki, writes on Twitter that he condemned the violence and urged dialogue.

In his somewhat laconic post, the Swedish foreign minister also says he told his Egyptian counterpart that transition is urgent and consensus on election rules key.

In his blog, Bildt writes that in their talk he underlined the responsibility of the Egyptian government to protect the rights and lives of individuals, including the right to freely express opinions.

Bildt says the Egyptian foreign minister assured him that it is vice president Suleiman’s intention to open a dialogue. However, he adds that while his impression is that the Egyptian authorities are open for dialogue, there is a deep distrust and possibly even resistance, within the army against anything that might include the Muslim Brotherhood.

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