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Foreign Secretary deeply concerned over escalating violence in Egypt

Foreign Secretary William Hague is deeply concerned at the escalating violence in Egypt and condemns the use of force in clearing protestors.

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Speaking today, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

I am deeply concerned at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt, and regret the loss of life on all sides. The UK has been closely involved in intensive diplomatic efforts directed at reaching a peaceful resolution to the standoff. I am disappointed that compromise has not been possible. I condemn the use of force in clearing protests and call on the security forces to act with restraint. Leaders on all sides must work to reduce the risk of further violence. Only then will it be possible to take vital steps towards dialogue and reconciliation.

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Published 14 August 2013