Following the meeting, Al-Faisal said: “We agreed with France to give the road map in Egypt an opportunity to achieve peace and lead to early elections.” He added that “freedom of expression should be granted without the use of violence.”
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Al-Faisal as saying that “international laws guarantee the right to demonstrate and express an opinion; international law ensure non-interference in citizens’ property and their lives. One is not to use violence to express their view.”
Al-Faisal said he and Hollande had agreed that work should be done to hold early elections in Egypt on the basis of the road map. He also called on Europe to reconsider its threats to revise relations with Egypt because “nothing can be achieved through threats.”
Hollande said that he hoped elections would be held soon, adding, “It is not acceptable to see so much violence in a great country like Egypt,” adding that France was “very concerned about the violence and the large number of casualties.”
“If the freedom to demonstrate is to be respected, then law should also be respected,” the French president continued.
Hollande called on countries with close relations with Egypt to “do all they can to stop the acts of violence and hold political dialogue.”
In a related development, Qatari foreign minister Khalid Bin-Mohammed Al-Attiyah denied accusations that Qatar was helping the Muslim Brotherhood, affirming instead his country’s support for Egypt.
Following a meeting with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, Attiyah said that “there are misconceptions about the aid provided by Qatar.”