Egyptian diplomat: EU pressure on gov't could encourage violence

August 21, 2013 16:08

PARIS - Egypt's ambassador to France said any sanctions imposed on the government by the European Union would do nothing more than play into the hands of extremist groups that have no interest in political dialogue.

EU foreign ministers are debating on Wednesday in Brussels how to use their economic muscle to force Egypt's army-backed rulers to end a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.Speaking at the embassy in Paris, Mohamed Moustafa Kamal said using economic cooperation to exert pressure on Egypt was unacceptable.

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