EU calls for orderly transition in Egypt
Updated: 2011-02-03 13:58
The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), issued a statement on Wednesday, calling for orderly transition and the holding of free and fair elections in Egypt.
"The European Commission has been following closely the latest events in Egypt and at its meeting today expressed its firm commitment to support the legitimate aspirations of the people of Egypt," said the statement.
The European Commission reiterated the call for an orderly transition in Egypt through a comprehensive process encompassing all political forces and civil society ready to abide by democratic norms.
"We urge for the necessary reforms including the holding of free and fair elections to be undertaken in a timely, decisive and concrete manner," it said.
"The European Commission stands ready to step up its assistance to Egypt and its people in this transition," said the statement.
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