Leaders at Munich security conference call for orderly change in Egypt

09:59, February 06, 2011      

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) attend the 47th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, Feb. 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)


Leaders attending the Munich Security Conference on Saturday called for an orderly transition in Egypt, where anti-government protesters have been demanding the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak for the past two weeks.

"There will be change in Egypt ... but it needs to be change in such a way that it is peaceful and orderly," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the conference.

British Prime Minister David Cameron echoed Merkel, saying: "We need change and reform and transition to get greater stability" in Egypt.

For her part, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said change is a "strategic necessity" in the Middle East, while urging Mideast leaders to embrace democratic reforms in response to growing unrest in the region.

Also at the Munich conference was U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and senior officials from other countries.

The ongoing Munich Security Conference which opened here on Friday has been overshadowed by the unrest in Egypt.

Soruce: Xinhua
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