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Germany's Foreign Minister warns of possible civil war in Egypt

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Germany's Foreign Minister warns of possible civil war in Egypt

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Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has warned the violence in Egypt could turn into a civil war.

After meeting with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammad Al Attiyah, Westerwelle urged Cairo to find a political solution.

Qatar is seen as backing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist protesters.

Speaking from Berlin, Al Attiyah said: “There is an excessive use of force and that concerns us. In this case, we condemn violence against protesters and also the destruction of public buildings. We urge those in power in Egypt to end the violence.”

Calling for urgent action, Westerwelle said: “In its way of dealing with the opposition, the Egyptian government must now be cautious and find a solution to de-escalate the situation. There is no alternative to bilateral talks.”

The EU will hold an emergency meeting on Monday in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in Egypt, with some states calling for a suspension in aid to Cairo – worth one billion euros.