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Yudhoyono congratulates elected president of Egypt

Jumat, 29 Juni 2012 16:12 WIB | 1.963 Views
Yudhoyono congratulates elected president of Egypt
President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (ANTARA)
Cairo (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Head of State Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has spoken on the telephone to congratulate Mohamed Moursi on his being elected the new president of Egypt, Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Nurfaizi Suwandi said.

"President Yudhoyono called Mohamed Moursi on Thursday evening to convey his congratulations and to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries," Nurfaizi said.

He explained that President Yudhoyono focused special attention on Egypt, especially after a peaceful presidential election in the country.

According to Nurfaizi, President Yudhoyono was among world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and UN leader Ban Ki-moon, to congratulate the new Egyptian president.

The UN leader was quoted by AFP as saying that the election of Egypt`s president was just one stage in the country`s move toward democracy and that new leader Mohamed Morsi must build independent institutions.

Ban "trusts that the president-elect will spare no effort in ensuring the people of Egypt realise their aspirations for greater democracy, the promotion of human rights, and a more prosperous and stable Egypt for all of its citizens."

Morsi`s election comes after a turbulent 18 months in which strongman Hosni Mubarak was brought down in a popular uprising, while the Egyptian military has frequently been accused of slowing efforts to introduce democracy.

(O001/INE )