International fretting over crisis in Egypt

World leaders have been voicing their concern about the events unfolding in Egypt, and the crisis has been a talking point at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Japan, which has close relations with Cairo, was one of the countries to speak out.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: “I strongly hope the Egyptian government will start a dialogue with many people immediately and initiate reforms in a way to gain broad support and participation with the people, and that it can immediately restore political stability and peaceful civilian life in Egypt. That’s my strong hope.”

European Union foreign affairs ministers are due to discuss the events in Egypt at a meeting on Monday.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said:

“I think it is of crucial importance that we put strong pressure, and at the same time offer assistance to what is going on in Egypt right now.”

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Egyptian leaders had to respond to the call for change.