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Published on August 16, 2013
Statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Paris, August 14, 2013

France condemns the bloody violence in Egypt in the strongest possible terms, and calls for an immediate halt to the crackdown. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is taking this matter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and to our principal partners so that an international position may be urgently adopted to that effect.

The current situation will not be resolved by force. France calls on all the parties to reject spiralling clashes and to immediately begin a dialogue that includes all Egyptian political forces in order to find a democratic solution to this grave crisis. France reaffirms its immediate readiness to foster this dialogue./.

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