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No aid for political groups that welcome violence

Published torsdag 15 augusti 2013 kl 16.12
Swedish aid goes to pro-democracy groups
(2:20 min)

Radio Sweden asked Jon Hedenström, responsible for Egypt at the development agency Sida, why Sweden is still sending money to Egypt.

His answer is that Sweden is supporting democracy movements, rather than the Egyptian state. But he says that if any of their partner organisations supported the violence, that would be very negative, and Sida "would react".

Per Jönsson at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs says the Egyptian military are probably still negotiating with the Muslim Brotherhood, and that the Swedish government may hope that a settlement will be reached. But that Carl Bildt is probably mostly working within the EU regarding action on Egypt.

Meanwhile Charlotta Ozaki Macias at the foreign ministry says that their ministry advises against travelling to Egypt and warns against being in the capital Cairo. Several hundred Swedes are in Egypt, but she says that it is not dangerous, so far, for tourists in the coastal Red Sea resorts.

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