Germany backs calls for democracy in Egypt: FM
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Sunday said Berlin backed those calling for democracy in Egypt and urged that the protests of the Egyptian people "be taken seriously".
"The German government is on the side of those who are calling for democracy and the rights of man and citizens," his ministry quoted him as saying before he departed for Israel to attend bilateral consultations.
"We do not yet know how political developments will unfold in Egypt. But one things is clear, nothing will ever be the same as before," he added.
Hailing the "burning desire for freedom, democracy" in the Arab world, he noted that the protests in Egypt came "from the heart of society, particularly the younger generation and the middle class" and must "for this reason be taken seriously."
The anti-government uprising raged for a sixth straight day in Egypt Sunday amid increasing lawlessness and mass jail breaks, with a death toll estimated at 125.
Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Egypt's beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak to avoid violence "at all costs" in a joint statement.
The three leaders called on Mubarak to commit to change in response to what they said were the "legitimate grievances" of his people.
© 2011 AFP