Hollande, Cameron call for 'strong European message' on Egypt

16th August 2013, Comments 0 comments

France and Britain called Friday for Europe to send a strong message on the escalating crisis in Egypt, urging the EU to review its relations with Cairo.

The French presidency said in a statement that after talks by telephone, President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister David Cameron agreed "on the seriousness of the violence of recent days and on the need for a strong European message."

"The end of violence and repression, respect for the human rights of all and the resumption of inter-Egyptian dialogue must be the immediate priority," the statement said.

"The European Union must carry forward these requirements and review its relations with Egypt," the statement said, adding that the two leaders wanted EU foreign ministers to meet quickly to discuss the situation in Egypt.

© 2013 AFP

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