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Sweden issues Cairo travel warning

Sweden issues Cairo travel warning

Published: 29 Jan 2011 07:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Jan 2011 07:32 GMT+01:00

Neighbouring Denmark warned its citizens against all unnecessary travel to Egypt, with the exception of tourist resorts, while Sweden's foreign ministry was more limited in its recommendation.

Egypt, a major tourist destination for Scandinavians, has been since Tuesday rocked by massive protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Denmark's foreign ministry said on its website the massive protests were cause to warn against all travel to the country, with the exception of tourists resorts along the Red Sea coast.

Sweden meanwhile advised its citizens against all unnecessary travel to the Egyptian capital.

"We think (Swedes) should avoid travelling to Cairo if not absolutely necessary," foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jörle told AFP.

Egyptians in Sweden staged their own protests in Stockholm on Friday evening with groups gathering in Sergels Torg to register their support for their countrymen.

“It’s Muslims, Christians, moderates, liberals…Egyptians of all kinds who are fighting for their freedoms,” one of the organizers, Kholoud Saad, told The Local on Friday.

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt on Friday slammed Egyptian authorities for shutting down internet access.

“Obviously, the future of Egypt cannot be shaped by closing the internet - instead it must be shaped by opening up the political system," Bildt said in a statement.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:46 January 29, 2011 by Iraniboy
It is sad that to hear the loss of life but it is good that freedom and democracy is coming to the Mideast. Western countries are no way in favor of democracy in Mideast since weak dictators are good "Yes Sir" puppets but democratically elected leaders have more power to maintain their people's interests.
13:36 January 29, 2011 by svenne101
one can not maintain democracy without FOOD in any country in the world.

democracy never come to middle east because they dont have enough food.

excess reserves of food are impossible in muslim countries. they have to depend on other countries for food.
19:15 January 29, 2011 by glamshek
Go Mubarak Go.

Go Joe Biden Go

Go Obama Go.

This is the only solution at the moment
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