Germany, Qatar condemn escalation of violence in Egypt

BERLIN, Germany, Aug 17, 2013 (AFP)

Germany’s foreign minister and his Qatari counterpart on Saturday condemned the spiralling violence in Egypt, urging political dialogue to avoid further bloodshed.

“We are deeply distressed by the ongoing and brutal violence in Egypt,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told journalists after meeting his Qatari counterpart Khaled al-Attiyah.

“There is no other solution… for Egypt but dialogue, including all political forces. Otherwise there is great danger that more blood will spill… which indicates the danger of civil war,” he said.

Westerwelle renewed an early call for “effective protection of the Christian community” after a rise in attacks in recent days.

Qatar is a key supporter of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, whose protests against the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3 have turned deadly amid clashes with security forces.

“We in Qatar are extremely concerned about the high number of victims. We are devastated by the violence,” Attiyah said.

He called for an “end to violence and dialogue between all parties” as well as the freedom of political prisoners.

At least 173 people have been killed in Egypt in the past 24 hours alone, bringing the death toll to more than 750 people since police cracked down on two camps of Morsi loyalists in the capital on Wednesday.

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