British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Friday for Egypt to move to civilian rule as part of a transition to an "open, democratic and free" nation.
Echoing that view, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Egyptian military had a responsibility to guide the transition to democracy and warned that any attempt to turn back the clock would do great damage and be roundly condemned.
"Egypt now has a really precious moment of opportunity to have a government that can bring the country together. As a friend of Egypt and the Egyptian people we stand ready to help in any way we can," Cameron said.
"We believe it must be a government that starts to put in place the building blocks of a truly open, free and democratic society," he told reporters.
"What has happened today should only be the first step. Those who now run Egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the Egyptian people and in particular there really must be a move to civilian and democratic rule as part of this important transition to an open, democratic and free Egypt," he added.
In a statement Hague said it is now time for Egyptians to settle their differences as they move towards "irrevocable change" for the better.
He said the army had to implement the concrete steps the transition required towards free and fair elections.
"Any attempt to turn the clock back would be deeply damaging to Egypt's stability and cohesion and to its standing in the world, and would be met by condemnation."
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