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India urges Egypt factions to abjure violence, hold dialogue

India urges Egypt factions to abjure violence, hold dialogue

New Delhi: India Friday said it has been following with concern the developments in Egypt where over 600 people, mostly supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, have been killed and urged both sides to abjure violence and engage in dialogue.

In a statement, the external affairs ministry spokesperson also said that the Indian mission in Cairo is in close touch with the Indian community, who number around 3,000, and with the Indian companies to ensure their continued safety.

"We have been following the recent developments in Egypt with concern, particularly the tragic loss of large number of lives in Cairo and other cities. We urge all sides to abjure violence, exercise maximum restraint and engage in an earnest dialogue that will promote national reconciliation and permit an early transition towards a stable and peaceful democratic set-up," the statement said.

"Our Mission in Cairo is in close contact with all sections of the Indian community and with the Indian companies that have a presence in Egypt. We are maintaining active liaison with the concerned authorities to ensure their continued safety," the spokesperson said.

Egypt has been rocked by massive protests since the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi by the military on July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood-backed president is being held incommunicado at a secret location.

The army-backed Egyptian government led by interim President Adly Mansour cracked down on the sit-ins by tens of thousands of Morsi supporters on Wednesday, leading to violence in which over 600 people, mostly protesters, were killed.

The violence on Wednesday is said to be by far the deadliest day since the 2011 popular uprising began in Egypt and saw the toppling of long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Both pro and anti -Morsi camps have been holding huge protests across Egypt.

Morsi had visited India in March as president and stressed on deeper economic ties with India during talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


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