World Leaders’ Reactions To Egypt President Mubarak’s Resignation

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The Huffington Post |

The international spotlight is currently on Egypt, after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of civilian protests against his 30-year rule.

Since the beleaguered leader announced his resignation, the streets of Cairo and Alexandria have erupted in a jubilant celebration, and now, many world leaders and diplomats have chimed in the historic moment, after which “Egypt will never be the same,” as President Obama noted.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised “the sacrifices and the steadfastness of the Egyptian people,” while French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Mubarak’s decision “courageous and necessary.” As for Amr Moussa, rumored to be one of Mubarak’s potential successors, the Egyptian secretary-general of the Arab League noted, “As an Egyptian citizen, I am proud to serve my country with all the others at this stage, to build a consensus of opinion.”

“The people of Egypt have spoken, the voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same,” President Obama said. “Egyptians have inspired us. They have done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice best gained through violence. For in Egypt, it was the moral force of non-violence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but non-violence, moral force, that bent the arc of history toward justice once more.”
“Egypt now has a really precious moment of opportunity to have a government that can bring the country together. As a friend of Egypt and the Egyptian people we stand ready to help in any way we can,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“France ardently hopes the new Egyptian authorities will take steps that lead to establishment of democratic institutions through free and transparent elections,” said French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “France urges the Egyptian authorities to proceed as fast as feasible with the reforms needed to turn Egypt into a free and pluralist society.”
“Today is a day of great joy,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference. “We are all witness to an historic change. I share the joy of the people of Egypt, with the millions of people on the streets of Egypt.”
“I look forward to the future to build a national consensus in the coming period. There is a big chance now and a window has opened after this white revolution and after the president’s concession,” the Egyptian secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, told Al Arabiya television. Asked if he was interested in being president, he said: “This is not the time to talk about that … As an Egyptian citizen, I am proud to serve my country with all the others at this stage, to build a consensus of opinion.”
“Mubarak’s exit will facilitate a quicker transition to democracy, and thus allow the people of Egypt to fulfill their legitimate aspirations,” Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a “transparent, orderly and peaceful transition” in Egypt. Ban also said he wanted to see “free, fair and credible” elections.
“We welcome the decision of President Mubarak to step down in deference to the wishes of the people of Egypt,” Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said. “We also welcome the commitment of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to ensure a peaceful transition of power in a timebound manner to establish and open and democratic framework of governance.”
“We hope the latest developments will help restore stability and normal functioning of all power structures. We hope that not only the government but also the opposition will show willingness to stabilize the situation,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (at left) said.
“The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is the beginning of the victory of the Egyptian revolution,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri in Gaza. “Such a victory was the result of the sacrifices and the steadfastness of the Egyptian people. We call upon the new Egyptian leadership to take an immediate decision to lift the blockade of Gaza and open Rafah (border) crossing permanently to allow people’s free movement and in order for the reconstruction process of Gaza to begin.”
This is a positive, important step toward the Egyptian people’s aspirations of achieving democracy and reform and a life of dignity,” said a statement from the Emir’s royal council said.

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