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EU to halt military sales to Egypt amid crackdown

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Video by Nicolai HARTVIG

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-08-21

The foreign ministers of the European Union’s 28 members agreed to halt the sale of military equipment and weapons to Egypt on Wednesday, at an emergency meeting held in response to the government's violent crackdown on protesters.

European Union foreign ministers agreed to suspend the sale of security equipment and arms to Egypt, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday.

Ministers of the 28-nation bloc holding emergency talks in response to the violence in Egypt also agreed to review aid to the country, she added.

"We strongly condemn all acts of violence and we do believe the recent actions of the military have been disproportionate," Ashton told a news conference at the close of a four-hour meeting between the ministers.

She said the EU called "on all sides" to halt the violence and urged all sides to come together in an inclusive process to agree a political solution to the country's crisis.

"We will review assistance to Egypt but assistance to the most needy will remain," Ashton added.

"All member states feel very strongly they want to continue to support the people of Egypt."

The ministers had agreed to suspend export licences to Egypt for any equipment which could be used for internal repression and to reassess arms export licences and review their security assistance with Egypt.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2013-08-21

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