European Union foreign policy representative Catherine Ashton has made clear the bloc’s resolve to support Egyptians’ own peaceful resolution of their political turmoil.
Ashton said: “We have been very clear again: it is for the Egyptian people, the Egyptian government to work out the transition. Mr Mubarak has already made it clear that he is not standing again. How they do this transition must be for them to do, and for us to support them in doing. It is really important now that we see calm, we see dialogue, we see things move forward, and for a timetable that gives confidence to people, that things are going to change.”
Ashton will go to Cairo but that is not expected immediately.
Before the shaking of Egypt’s political pyramid, the 27 EU leaders’ summit in Brussels had been planned to deal with the euro, energy and innovation.