New Zealand PM calls for smooth transition in Egypt

15:37, February 02, 2011      

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It is important for Egypt to remain politically stable following President Hosni Mubarak's decision to not seek re-election, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Wednesday.

Key said Mubarak's departure was a matter for the Egyptian people, "but what we certainly would urge is a smooth transition".

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said on Wednesday that there was an extreme risk to security in Egypt, and advised New Zealanders to stay indoors day and night unless they had confirmed departure arrangements in place and could travel safely to the airport.

There were now 264 New Zealanders registered as being in Egypt, down from 299 Tuesday, as a number had since departed.

Key said a number of New Zealanders had turned down seats on commercial flights.

Source: Xinhua
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