Greek Prime Minister Papandreou to meet with Mubarak on Sunday
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced Friday that he will travel on Sunday to Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak, dpa reported.
Papandreou said the decision to fly to Cairo came following telephone discussions he had with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"I decided to travel to Cairo in order to bring the message expressed by the European Union, as well as the Greek government," Papandreou said during a press conference at the European Union summit in Brussels.
"We will stand by the Egyptian people."
He said the international community is closely monitoring developments in Egypt, and Greece is particularly concerned because many Greeks live in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of defiant Egyptians marched peacefully on Friday in Cairo to demand an end to Mubarak's 30-year rule, following days of violent clashes.
At least 5,000 people have been injured since unrest began on January 25 in Egypt, said Health Minister Ahmed Farid. About 85 people were still in hospital and being treated for their injuries.