Egypt - A victory for democratic values
Swedish Prime Minsister Fredrik Reinfeldt has commented on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.
"The protests of the people for openness, freedom and democracy in Egypt have achieved a result. This is a victory not only for the people of Egypt and the demonstrators at Tahrir square, but for everyone who believes in, and fights for, democratic values. A lot of work still remains and it is important that a broad and serious dialogue with the opposition is pursued, which can pave the way for free and democratic elections," said Mr Reinfeldt.
Also on Friday, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has handed over power to the country’s military, following 18 days of protests.
“This is a new renaissance for Egypt and the Arab world,” Bildt told Swedish Radio, adding that Sweden and the EU would continue pressing for a national dialogue leading to democractic elections.
“But the hardest steps are still to come. It’s very important that the military see that they have a democratic mandate and that they reach out.”
The revolution in Egypt has not changed the Swedish Foreign Ministry's advice to travellers warning them not to go to the country. Travel companies in Sweden will discuss the issue next week.