Ashton says Egyptian people need to decide country's future

February 4, 2011 19:00


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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday said that the "Egyptian people need to decide the future of the country and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak needs to listen to the people on the streets."

Seaking to Al-Jazeera in Brussles, Ashton said that the EU was very clear about wanting to see a peaceful transition. She said that the values of human rights and freedom need to be at heart of any change.

Ashton said that the EU has been in contact with international capitals all week and explained that the EU was the first to put out a statement on the volatile situation in Egypt.

When asked about the Middle East peace process, Ashton said that she has been working very closely with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli government officials.

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