World Leaders Comment On Eygpt

US President Barack Obama: The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential.

Emir of Qatar: This is a positive, important step towards the Egyptian people’s aspirations of achieving democracy and reform and a life of dignity.

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: We hope the latest developments will help restore stability and normal functioning of all power structures. We hope that not only the government but also the opposition will show willingness to stabilize the situation.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa: I look forward to the future to build a national consensus in the coming period. There is a big chance now and a window has opened after this white revolution, and after the president’s concession. As an Egyptian citizen, I am proud to serve my country with all the others at this stage, to build a consensus of opinion.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Ashton: It is important now that the dialogue is accelerated leading to a broad-based government which will respect the aspirations of, and deliver stability for, the Egyptian people. The future of Egypt rightly remains in the hands of the Egyptian people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Today is a day of great joy. We are all witness to an historic change. I share the joy of the people of Egypt, with the millions of people on the streets of Egypt.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: Congratulations to the Egyptian people. And we hope that a system meeting the expectations of the Egyptian people will emerge.

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Egypt now has a really precious moment of opportunity to have a government that can bring the country together. As a friend of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, we stand ready to help in any way we can. We believe it must be a government that starts to put in place the building blocks of a truly open, free and democratic society.

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri: The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is the beginning of the victory of the Egyptian revolution. Such a victory was the result of the sacrifices and the steadfastness of the Egyptian people. We call upon the new Egyptian leadership to take an immediate decision to lift the blockade of Gaza and open Rafah [border] crossing permanently to allow people’s free movement and in order for the reconstruction process of Gaza to begin.

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi: It is expected that at this sensitive time, the Egyptian army which has a shining record in fighting oppression and the aggressions of the Zionist regime, carries out its historical duty by accompanying, supporting and listening to demands of its great nation until their goals are achieved.

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