EU leaders urge dialogue in Egypt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 4, 2011 11:29




BRUSSELS  — European Union leaders called for a "national dialogue" between the government and opposition in Egypt amid escalating violent protests on Friday.

But they shied away from supporting the Obama administration's effort to persuade President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said it was essential that the government and people "move forward together." Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it would be "gratuitous and arrogant" to call for Mubarak's resignation.


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