The crackdown on demonstrators in Egypt has prompted Germany to issue an aid warning to the Egyptian government.
“Our appeal to the Egyptian government is clear: abandon all forms of violence and (support) the right to demonstrate,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Jan. 30, as quoted by Deutsche Welle. “Germany stands on the side of freedom of expression and democracy.”
Westerwelle said European Union leaders are expected to meet today (Jan. 31) “over what consequences are to be drawn from the developments in the Arab world and Middle East,” Reuters reports.
He added: “There is no doubt that permitting democratic rights, and the protection of civil and human rights, is always a criteria, also for the German government, for working with other countries, or to scale back cooperation.”
The warning comes days after the U.S. announced its intention to review military and economic aid to Egypt, which has been gripped by protests to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
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Egypt is among the largest beneficiaries of German development aid. It has received euro5.5 billion (USD7.48 billion) in German aid since the 1960s and was due to get euro200 million over the next two years.