Speaking today Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“I congratulate the Egyptian people for their commitment to the democratic process and electing a new President of Egypt. I wish Dr Mohammed Mursi success in the challenging task ahead.
“This is an historic moment for Egypt. I welcome President Mursi’s statement that he intends to form an inclusive government that governs on behalf of all the Egyptian people.
“It will be important for the new government to stand for national unity and reconciliation, to build bridges across Egyptian society and to uphold human rights, including the rights of women and religious minorities, and the rule of law.
“An inclusive government with the authority to take forward reforms, and a new Parliament and Constitution which represent the interests of all Egyptians, will be important steps in Egypt’s transition to democratic government.
“Britain will support the Egyptian people and their leaders as they take steps to consolidate their democratic rights and institutions and to reinvigorate the Egyptian economy.
“We value our long-standing partnership with Egypt, including on regional issues, and look forward to working with President Mursi and his government to support the process of democratic transition and to promote our common interest in security, stability and prosperity.”