Turkey has become the first major Muslim country to call for change in Egypt.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addressed President Hosni Mubarak directly, saying the place for a solution to the country’s current crisis is at “the ballot box.”
“Listen to the outcry and humanitarian demands of the people,” he urged. “Satisfy the desire of the people for transitional change without hesitation. Do not give an opportunity to those with bad intentions to take the initiative; Take steps on behalf of Egypt to ensure peace, security and stability. Take steps to satisfy the people.”
Prime Minister Erdogan was due to visit Egypt next week – he now says he will postpone the trip.
The Turkish leader was one of several consulted by US President Barack Obama over the Egyptian crisis last weekend.