French FM speaks to Egyptian leader on exit of crisis

2013-07-12 02:24:12 GMT2013-07-12 10:24:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PARIS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- France urged on Thursday the Egyptians to stay away from violence and get back to democratic elections.

Foreign Minister Laurent "Fabius talked on July 11 with Egyptian Vice President for International Relations Mohamed ElBaradei," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. "They discussed the situation in Egypt and its prospects."

"The French minister stressed in particular the need (for the Egyptians) to reject violence and seek as soon as possible a return to the democratic electoral process involving all political forces," the statement added.

Fabius told the Egyptian vice president that France is available to facilitate all useful approaches to help Egypt out of the current crisis.

Last week, former president Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian military for his "poor performance" in a year's ruling.

However, the appointment of Hazem al-Beblawy as interim prime minister by caretaker President Adli Mansour on Tuesday has stirred controversy among the public.

Mansour has previously approved a constitutional declaration for a transitional period that is expected to last six months before holding new elections.

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