Prime Minister David Cameron has called for "a move to civilian and democratic rule" in Egypt following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
Mr Cameron said the resignation offered the country a “really precious moment of opportunity”.
The PM said:
Today has been a remarkable day, particularly for those people in Tahrir Square and elsewhere, who have spoken out so bravely and so peacefully for change in their country.
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 that 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.
Of course, what has happened today should only be the first step.Those who now run Egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the Egyptian people. In particular, there really must be a move to civilian and democratic rule as part of this important transition to an open, democratic and free Egypt.