The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2013

Merkel tells Mursi to ensure dialogue in Egypt


BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the visiting Egyptian president on Wednesday to ensure constant dialogue as his country grapples with a political crisis that has sparked deadly unrest.

Dr Merkel told a joint press conference in Berlin with President Mohamed Mursi that Germany wanted a successful transformation process in Egypt, where Mr Mursi took over last year, and was ready to help.

"From my side I made it clear that there are different things that are very important for us," she said, adding: "One is that dialogue with all political forces in Egypt is always available."

"That the different political forces can make a contribution, that human rights in Egypt are observed and that of course also religious freedom can be experienced," she added.