Didier Reynders on the situation in Egypt
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is monitoring the situation in Egypt closely. Like Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the EU for foreign policy, he urges that the protests remain peaceful in character. Minister Reynders calls on all parties to remain calm and exercise restraint, and asks for renewed dialogue so that the democratic transition process and economic recovery can be restarted for the benefit of Egypt and its people. He expresses his concern regarding the acts of violence perpetrated during certain protests, which have resulted in several deaths and numerous other people being injured.
The Belgian embassy in Cairo is closely keeping track of the situation as it develops and is in permanent contact with the Belgian community. The travel advice for Egypt (Dutch - French) has been updated in line with recent events. Belgian holidaymakers travelling to Egypt are asked to exercise extreme vigilance, particularly in major cities, and it is recommended that they keep away from protests and avoid large crowds. Persons visiting the country are also advised to travel with a guide in an organised group as well as obtain information from their travel agent on security measures.
Finally, Didier Reynders stated that he wishes to travel to Egypt in the coming weeks. He wishes to establish political contacts there in order to assess the situation in the country better.