UK concerned over arrest warrants for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

United Kingdom's Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt expressed concern over the arrest warrants for a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures and warned that politicized arrests would not help Egyptian transition.

UK concerned over arrest warrants for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

World Bulletin/News Desk

United Kingdom's Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt expressed concern over the arrest warrants for a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures and warned that politicized arrests would not help Egyptian transition.

"I am concerned by continuing reports of arrests and the detention of political figures in Egypt,"said Burt. "While we understand the need to maintain security, Egypt’s pressing needs can only be met by pursuing a genuinely inclusive political process that involves all sides rising above self-interest and shunning violence to deliver the reform and democratic transfer the Egyptian people deserve."

Burt urged all parties in Egypt to work together to bring about elections that can be contested freely by all sides.

It’s vital that the authorities fully respect the rule of law and make good their promises to guarantee a media free from state interference, said Burt adding "Arrests that are seen to be politicised cannot help build an inclusive process."

Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3 and the constitution was suspended. Protests for the reinstatement of deposed Morsi are still contiuning across the country and the unrest has not yet soothed.

Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 14:20
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