Reactions on Friday around the world to developments in Egypt:
European leaders spoke Friday about the need for a coordinated E.U. response to the violence in Egypt and agreed there should be a meeting of the European Union’s foreign ministers next week. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an end to violence and a resumption of dialogue in Egypt. The German government statement said Merkel told Hollande that Germany, one of Egypt’s biggest trading partners, would “re-evaluate” its relations with Cairo in light of this week’s bloodshed. Hollande also discussed the violence with Italian Premier Enrico Letta and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on French television that no options would be off the table at the foreign ministers’ meeting, including a possible suspension of aid. E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called the deaths in Egypt “shocking.”
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah voiced support for Egypt’s military-backed interim government, saying the kingdom stands by the country in its fight against “terrorism and strife” — an apparent reference to deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement. In a televised statement, Abdullah called for honest people and intellectuals “to stand firmly against all those who try to shake the stability of a country that has always led the Arab and Islamic worlds.”
Turkish officials kept up their criticism of the military government’s crackdown, with President Abdullah Gul saying that “all that happened in Egypt is a shame for Islam and the Arab world.” Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors for consultations late Thursday as their relationship worsened.
About 1,500 people flooded the main avenue in central Tunis, many of them pouring out of the capital’s most important mosque. They gathered in a large square in front of the municipal theater, shouting support for the Egyptian people, especially supporters of Morsi, and condemning the Egyptian military and the U.S. The hourlong protest was peaceful.
Kuwait said it supported Egyptian government measures to secure the nation as about 100 protesters angry over Egypt breaking up protest camps demonstrated outside the U.S. Embassy. A Foreign Minister official called on parties to reconcile and stop the country from being dragged into “complete chaos.” The official said the government must start a serious dialogue with protesters, while also expressing his condolences for those killed.
The Foreign Ministry warned against all travel to Egypt.
FINLAND, SWEDEN, NORWAY AND DENMARK
The Nordic countries changed their advice to citizens, warning against all nonessential travel to Egypt. Several tour operators canceled trips to Egypt and began returning tourists early from holiday resorts.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets after prayers, in several cities across Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, calling for the bloodshed in Egypt to end.