Arab world calls for peaceful transition in Egypt
The Arab world expressed support on Saturday for a peaceful transition in Egypt, one day after president Hosny Mubarak resigned following 18 days of political unrest across the country, dpa reported.
The Arab League said it appreciated the role of the Higher Council of the Armed Forces in "managing this delicate transitional phase to achieve democracy, social justice and reform" in Egypt.
Saudi Arabia welcomed "the peaceful transition of power" and expressed hope that "the efforts of the armed forces would restore peace, stability and tranquility," the state news agency reported.
The Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said that the Muslim world is witnessing "historical transformations" that require a "high degree of wisdom and precise vision."
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu congratulated the Egyptian people on the triumph of their will and wished them progress and prosperity.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani, meeting in Damascus, also voiced their full confidence in the ability of the Egyptian people to improve the country's status and restore its natural Arab and international role, the Syrian news agency reported.
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, meanwhile, reiterated the "necessity for the peaceful transformation of power" and said that Egyptians should be able "to impose their free will, away from any foreign interference."