Russia rejects foreign pressure on Egypt

14:41, February 04, 2011      

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Russia on Thursday said it opposed any external pressure on the Egyptian leadership and Egyptians and believed the country had to resolve its current political crisis by itself.

In a statement released here, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke highly of Egypt, saying the country was Russia's "strategic partner and a key country in the Middle East region."

"That is why we are not indifferent to what is happening there and are interested in Egypt being a stable, prosperous and democratic state... We do not consider it is useful to produce any recipes from outside or to deliver ultimatums," Lavrov said.

"We want today's socio-economic and political problems to be peacefully solved as soon as possible," he said.

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak clashed with protesters against the president on Wednesday, during which at least three people died and some 600 others were injured.

Mubarak announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in September this year, but would serve out his term. However, his opponents still demand his immediate resignation.

The Egypt Foreign Ministry Wednesday rejected foreign calls for immediate transition of power or any foreign intervention in Egypt's internal political life.

Source: Xinhua
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