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India urges peaceful solution to Egyptian crisis

India has urged all political forces in Egypt to abjure violence, respect democratic principles and engage in a conciliatory dialogue to address the situation after suspension of constitution by the army.

India is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Egypt, the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

‘India urges all political forces to abjure violence, exercise restraint, respect democratic principles and the rule of law, and engage in a conciliatory dialogue to address the present situation,’ it said.

‘As the world's largest democracy, India was amongst the first countries to welcome the Jan 25 revolution and the promise of genuine democracy in a large and important country like Egypt with which we have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly ties,’ it further said.

According to external affairs ministry, about 3,000 Indian nationals are in Egypt. ‘In addition, we also have about 50 Indian companies in Egypt. Our embassy in Cairo is in active and regular contact with all sections of the Indian community with the objective of ensuring their welfare,’ it added.
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