Italy backs Egypt's Mubarak

Frattini urged support for President Hosni Mubarak.

Italy backs Egypt's Mubarak

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Thursday the situation in Egypt was "completely different" from that in Tunisia, where a wave of street protests toppled the president earlier this month.

Egyptian police fought for a third day on Thursday against protesters, inspired by the events in Tunisia, who are trying to oust Mubarak.

"The situation in Egypt is different," Frattini said, speaking to foreign journalists. "There are civil liberties. It is not a copy of the European model but we are not colonisers of any country, we must not impose our model."

Frattini urged support for President Hosni Mubarak.

"The stability of Egypt is fundamental for the entire Mediterranean," Frattini said.

"The biggest mistake would be to think of a change of leadership without having a solution, a proposal, a proper development of the situation. This certainly would lead to chaos," he added.

"We must help the Egyptian leadership to gradually expand the enjoyment of civil liberties, the authorisation of peaceful demonstrations at the same time as guaranteeing stability."

Frattini said he would propose to a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday the creation of a high-level mission to visit Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to help strengthen democracy.

Agencies

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