Egypt calls on world to aid its economic recovery

2011-02-15 10:57

Cairo – Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit today called on the international community to help speed Egypt’s economic recovery after a revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

The top diplomat – a member of a caretaker Cabinet that military rulers have said would serve until a new government was formed following free elections – also reaffirmed Cairo’s support for the Palestinians.

Abul Gheit has called on “international parties to provide aid to the Egyptian economy, which has been severely affected by the political crisis that has shaken the country”, his ministry said.

His remarks came after a wave of strikes threatened to paralyse the country in the wake of Mubarak’s fall, prompting the military leadership to urge against – though not prohibit – further protests and civil disobedience.

Abul Gheit also “emphasised that Egypt remained close to the Palestinian cause and continued to support the rights of the Palestinian people”, including the pursuit of a UN Security Council resolution to freeze Israeli settlements.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces soothed fears in Israel and Washington when it said on Saturday that it would abide by all Egypt’s international treaties, including the landmark 1979 peace deal with Israel.

Abul Gheit’s remarks came after he spoke to his US, British and Saudi counterparts, as well as Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

The military council has set a six-month timetable for democratic elections and vowed to hand over power to a civilian government, in line with the demands of the protesters who drove Mubarak from power after a 30-year reign.

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