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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince warns against foreign meddling in Egypt

HH Sheikh Al Nahyan says Egyptians alone must determine their future amid ongoing political crisis

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince warns against foreign meddling in Egypt
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince warns against foreign meddling in Egypt
CAUSE FOR CONCERN: US president Barack Obama said on Sunday that the Arab world’s most populous state would not return to its previous political state (Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince warns against foreign meddling in Egypt
Protestors chant as they ride on an army tank transporter in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt in Cairo, Suez, and Alexandria to call for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Riot police and the Army have been sent into the streets to quell the protests, which so far have claimed 32 lives and left more than a thousand injured. (Getty Images)

Egyptians must settle the country’s ongoing political crisis themselves without interference from foreign countries, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince said on Sunday.

"The UAE rejects all foreign attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt,” HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

Instead, the country’s future should be determined by Egyptians themselves, free from any foreign intervention, he said.

His comments echo those made last week by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, which said it rejected calls from the US and Europe to begin the process of political transition, after president Hosni Mubarak said he would not run for a further term in office.

Thousands of demonstrators filled Cairo’s square on Monday for a thirteenth day of protests aimed at ousting the president from his 30-year-rule.

US president Barack Obama said on Sunday that the Arab world’s most populous state would not return to its previous political state.

“Egypt is not going to go back to what it was,” Obama said in an interview on News Corp’s Fox network. “The Egyptian people want freedom, they want free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government.”

The US, however, cannot “dictate” the outcome, he said.

Egyptian vice president Omar Suleiman held the first formal meeting with members of the opposition on Sunday, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood .

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Tariq 9 years ago

S0 true...

sonnydubai 9 years ago

Unfortunately Egypt has proven in the last couple of weeks it cannot sort it self out and needs external help.

Kamal Mehta 9 years ago

All Indians back the sentiments of Sheikh Mohammed, this is an internal matter and Egyptians are more than capable of solving this crisis internally.
They further could turn to wise consul from their Arab brothers in Middle East. India is a strong ally of Egypt[ Bothfounding member state of the Non Aligned Movement] and stands by it in their hour of need.