06 Feb '11, 1pm

[CNA] Egypt crisis no direct impact on ASEAN politics: George Yeo

[CNA] Egypt crisis no direct impact on ASEAN politics: George Yeo

SINGAPORE: Foreign Minister George Yeo says he does not foresee the crisis in Egypt having any direct impact on ASEAN's political dynamics. He says there are clear differences between Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern societies. His comments on Sunday followed recent protests in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta over events in Egypt. Mr Yeo was speaking on the sidelines of an event for Bedok residents to release 1,188 gouramis into the Bedok Reservoir for good luck and a better life. And it seems a better life is also what the Egyptians are seeking - a point which the Minister felt is a big transition in the Middle East. Mr Yeo said: "This is something big. The transition to a new leadership will take time, but that itself may not be the end of the story. We're talking about a more profound shift in Egyptian society, to some extent, in Arab society. "It started in Tunisia...create...

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