12 Feb '11, 11am

DTN Singapore: Russia's Medvedev urges legitimate polls in Egypt: MOSCOW: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on S...

DTN Singapore: Russia's Medvedev urges legitimate polls in Egypt: MOSCOW: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on S...

MOSCOW: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday urged Egypt to hold legitimate elections and respect religious rights following the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. "Russia hopes democratic procedures in Egypt will be fully restored and all legitimate electoral procedures will be used for this," Medvedev said in a statement published on the Kremlin website. Medvedev said a "strong, democratic Egypt (was) an important factor in the continuation of the Middle Eastern peace process" and stressed Russia would continue an "active role in international efforts to help this process." He also emphasised the need for religious freedoms and a lack of sectarian violence, saying that "Russia "considers it extremely important that Egypt retains peace and unity between different confessions." Medvedev called for Egypt and Russia to continue what he called a long history...

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