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Foreign Office Minister comments on Egyptian unrest

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt has commented on the ongoing clashes in Tahrir Square and across Egypt.

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Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said:

“It is important Egypt enters the coming elections in an atmosphere of calm and mutual respect. The clashes between police and protesters in Tahrir Square and across Egypt are deeply concerning and the loss of life and injuries deeply regrettable.

“I condemn the violence, and call on all sides to find a peaceful way forward, committing themselves to dialogue and the completion of a transfer to democratic civilian rule on the basis of a credible timetable.

“We are following events closely and our Embassy is in contact with the Egyptian authorities in Cairo.”

The FCO has amended its travel advice to British nationals, and advise that they should stay away from the flash-point areas around Tahrir and the Downtown area, avoid crowds, follow events on local and international news and seek advice from their tour operators where appropriate.

The British Embassy remains open, but given its proximity to Tahrir, people seeking consular advice should call on 02 2791 6000 before making their way to the Embassy.

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Published 21 November 2011