Britain calls on Mubarak to listen 'urgently'

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Saturday called for President Hosni Mubarak to listen "urgently" to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Egypt needed reform, while British nationals have been warned to stay away from the country's main cities.

"We remain deeply concerned about the level of violence we have witnessed over the past few days," Hague said in a statement.

"We call on the government to exercise restraint and on the Egyptian people to pursue their legitimate grievances peacefully.

"President Mubarak spoke last night of his commitment to take new steps towards greater democracy and freedom for the citizens. We call on him now to listen urgently to the aspirations expressed by the Egyptian people.

"He must seize this moment to make these reforms real and visible and to base them on the universal values that are the right of people in all countries.

"We are working with our EU partners and other allies on the latest developments to deliver a clear coordinated message about our expectations of President Mubarak and in particular the need for him to take responsibility to deliver change.

"Peaceful reform not repression must be the way forward."

Hague added that he was sending further consular resources to Cairo to provide support to any British nationals affected by the demonstrations.

© 2011 AFP

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