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The world’s reaction to Hosni Mubarak’s resignation


Around the world, reactions to Mubarak’s resignation were swift. A look at what some world leaders had to say.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
“Canada respects President Mubarak’s decision to step down in order to
promote peace and stability in the country. The future of Egypt is for
Egyptians to decide,” Mr Harper said.
“We want to see the rule of law and stability; we want to see
respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities, including
religious minorities; we want to see the transition to a democratic
Egypt,” Mr. Harper said. 

President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama

“The people of Egypt have spoken…Egyptians have made it clear that
nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day,” said Mr.

“There will be many difficult days ahead and many questions remain unanswered.”


“The military has served patriotically and responsibly as a
caretaker to the state and will now have to ensure a transition that is
credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people,” Mr. Obama said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Mr. Ki-moon called for a “transparent, orderly and peaceful transition”
in Egypt. Ban also said he wanted to see “free, fair and credible”

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy

“France ardently hopes the new Egyptian authorities will take steps
that lead to establishment of democratic institutions through free and
transparent elections,” said Mr. Sarkozy.

Mr. Sarkozy described Mubarak’s decision to quit as “courageous and
necessary” at a “historic moment” for Egypt after weeks of protest and
demand for change.

“France urges the Egyptian authorities to proceed as fast as
feasible with the reforms needed to turn Egypt into a free and
pluralist society.”

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“I welcome President Mubarak’s decision. I have consistently called for
a speedy, orderly and peaceful transition to democracy, respecting the
legitimate aspirations of the people of Egypt.

In the long run, no society can neglect the will of the people.
Democracy means much more than majority rule — it also means respect
for individual freedom, for minorities, human rights and the rule of
law. These are the values on which our Alliance is based and the values
we encourage our partners to respect.

Egypt is a valued partner in our Mediterranean Dialogue and a
pivotal country in the region. I am confident Egypt will continue to be
a force for stability and security,” statement by Mr. Rasmussen.

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Israel Official

“It’s too early to foresee how (the resignation) will affect things,” a
senior Israeli official said. “We hope that the change to democracy in
Egypt will happen without violence and that the peace accord will

Prime Minister David Cameron

“Egypt now has a really precious moment of opportunity to have a
government that can bring the country together. As a friend of Egypt
and the Egyptian people we stand ready to help in any way we can,” Mr.
Cameron said.

“What has happened today should only be the first step. Those who
now run Egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the Egyptian people
and in particular there really must be a move to civilian and
democratic rule as part of this important transition to an open,
democratic and free Egypt,” he added.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

“The resignation of President Hosni Mubarak is a step in the right
direction because it came as a response to Egyptians’ desire and will
for change, and we have confirmed trust that our sister Egypt and its
great people, with their experience, history and efficiency, will
select leadership that will fulfil their ambitions and keep Egypt’s
security, stability and great position in the world,” said Mr.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri

“The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is the beginning
of the victory of the Egyptian revolution,” said Mr. Abu Zuhri.

“Such a victory was the result of the sacrifices and the
steadfastness of the Egyptian people,” he said. “We call upon the new
Egyptian leadership to take an immediate decision to lift the blockade
of Gaza and open Rafah (border) crossing permanently to allow people’s
free movement and in order for the reconstruction process of Gaza to
begin,” Mr. Abu Zuhri said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“Today is a day of great joy,” Ms. Merkel told a news conference. “We
are all witness to an historic change. I share the joy of the people of
Egypt, with the millions of people on the streets of Egypt.” 

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna

“We welcome the decision of President Mubarak to step down in deference
to the wishes of the people of Egypt. We also welcome the commitment of
the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to ensure a peaceful transition
of power in a timebound manner to establish and open and democratic
framework of governance,” Mr. Krishna said.

Egyptian secretary-general of the Arab League Amr Moussa

“I look forward to the future to build a national consensus in the
coming period. There is a big chance now and a window has opened after
this white revolution and after the president’s concession,” Mr. Moussa
told Al Arabiya television.

Asked if he was interested in being president, he said: “This is not
the time to talk about that … As an Egyptian citizen, I am proud to
serve my country with all the others at this stage, to build a
consensus of opinion.”

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

“I congratulate the great Egyptian nation for this victory and we share
their happiness,” Mr. Salehi was quoted as saying by state television.

“We hope that the civil movement in Egypt can complete its victory
through resistance and by a strong will so that it can successfully
reach all its demands.”

“It is expected that at this sensitive time, the Egyptian army which
has a shining record in fighting oppression and the aggressions of the
Zionist regime, carries out its historical duty by accompanying,
supporting and listening to demands of its great nation until their
goals are achieved.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

“We hope the latest developments will help restore stability and normal
functioning of all power structures. We hope that not only the
government but also the opposition will show willingness to stabilise
the situation,” Mr. Lavrov said.

The Globe and Mail

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