06 Feb '11, 10pm

George Yeo: Egypt crisis no direct impact on South-east Asian politics

SINGAPORE - As Egypt continues to be mired in crisis, Foreign Minister George Yeo said yesterday he did not foresee any "direct impact on the political dynamics" of countries in South-east Asia. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event in Bedok, Mr Yeo noted that there are clear differences between South-east Asian and Middle Eastern societies. But he acknowledged that "what happens in the Middle East will have an impact on us". The events in Egypt has led to recent protests in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. Said Mr Yeo: "There could be international implications ... But this is not something we have influence over." Mr Yeo said that Egypt's transition to a new leadership "will take time" as Egyptians seek a better life. He added: "But (the transition) itself may not be the end of the story. We're talking about a more profound shift in Egyptian society, to so...

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