Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:30AM
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has in a telephone conversation condemned “all acts of violence” in Egypt and the resulting loss of life. “The Foreign Secretary and the Egyptian Foreign Minister spoke about the tragic violence and loss of life over recent days. The Foreign Secretary emphasized UK condemnation of all acts of violence, whether disproportionate use of force by the security forces or violent actions by some demonstrators,” a British Foreign Office spokesperson said. Hague also raised the security forces attacks on mosques and churches saying such raids are “unacceptable” as places of worship “must be protected. Hague further stressed Cairo’s commitment to dialogue and called for an end to violence in Egypt. The development comes after Egyptian security forces and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose affiliated President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3 by the army, fired at pro-Morsi supporters on Friday, killing at least 173 people and injured 1,330 more. The Friday nationwide protests were called by the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian army. The so-called “Friday of Rage” followed the bloody Wednesday demonstrations that faced a brutal crackdown by security forces, leaving some 640 dead and hundreds of others injured. Egyptian security forces have also faced condemnation of the United Nations for their raids on religious places including mosques and churches in pursuit of demonstrators. Hague’s call comes as Britain remains one of the major arms exporters to Egypt. AMR/HE