Egypt rejects dictates from Western countries

February 7, 2011 12:22 pm 

CAIRO, Feb. 7 — The Egyptian government rejects any outside dictates, especially from the Western countries, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told reporters on Sunday.

There is a big difference between the world interest in developments in Egypt and the attempts by some states, especially the Western ones, to dictate their will or interfere in Egypt's affairs, Abul Gheit was quoted by official MENA news agency as saying.

"Developments in Egypt are reshaping the country's political future. This is an Egyptian affair that only Egyptians themselves are to determine," he said, adding "Unfortunately, we continue to see some officials and politicians practicing their favorite pastime of dictating lessons as if the Egyptian people listen to them."

"I repeat it again and again: I advise them to stop telling us what to do and what they wish to see in Egypt. Egypt is under no one's mandate," the foreign minister said.

Abul Gheit's remarks were the strongest reaction against foreign intervention since the nationwide demonstration erupted on Jan. 25 with protestors calling for an immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

U.S. President Barack Obama made a public call on Tuesday for an orderly transition in Egypt that must be "meaningful," " peaceful" and "must begin now," which followed Mubarak's announcement that he did not intend to run for another term but would stay in office until the end of his fifth term.

Obama called for the transition to a government "that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, including credible, inclusive negotiations between the government and the opposition," the White House said. (PNA/Xinhua)

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