March 16, 2011 / 5:30 AM / in 8 years

Egypt urges Bahrainis to follow Cairo example

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt Tuesday urged Bahraini protesters to keep their demonstrations peaceful and follow the example of Egyptian activists who toppled Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

“Regarding Bahrain, Bahrain is a friendly country. Egypt totally supports any nation demanding more liberty,” Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby said in his first public remarks since his appointment. “All that we ask for is (that) as the youth in Tahrir have done ... that this happens peacefully,” Elaraby said at a news conference alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo.

Reporting by Marwa Awad; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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