German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday met with Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour as part of his current visit to Egypt, where he is hearing different views on the crisis triggered by last month's ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.
According to a statement issued by the presidency, the meeting tackled Egypt's current transitional period, prospects for national reconciliation, and the timeframe of an army-imposed roadmap for the country's post-Morsi political transition.
The top German diplomat also met with Vice-President for International Relations Mohamed ElBaradei, who reiterated that what had happened in Egypt was a "popular revolution."
"In any democratic system, when millions of people take to the streets against the president, he must leave the political scene," the presidency said in a separate statement.
ElBaradei reiterated the importance of continuing efforts to resolve the crisis without bloodshed.
He went on, however, to stress the state's right to defend its citizens against efforts to terrorize them.
Westerwelle also met with Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
The German diplomat had earlier held a joint press conference with Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmi, in which he said that Germany hoped to see an "inclusive" political process in Egypt.
Westerwelle also said that a peaceful solution and the renunciation of violence were the best solutions to the country's current political crisis.
He also called for a "new democracy" in Egypt, including elections in which all of the country's political currents participate.
Germany, said Westerwelle, was closely following the situation in Egypt, adding that Berlin would assess the situation based on Egypt's democratic progress and upcoming elections.
He went on to stress Germany's conviction that the Egyptian people must decide their own fate, saying, "We only provide advice."
Egypt has been in the throes of political violence since the army ousted Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, early last month after mass demonstrations against his regime.
Since then, thousands of protesters have been staging daily demonstrations and sit-ins to defend Morsi's "democratic legitimacy" and demand his reinstatement.