William Hague: Mid-East Turmoil ‘to Last Decades’
London – It will take “years or maybe decades” for the turmoil in the Middle East to “play itself out,” UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has told BBC News.
Mr Hague said the situation in Egypt was “very bleak” and there was only a limited amount Western powers like Britain could do to help resolve it. “We have to do our best to support democratic institutions” without taking sides, he added. He is to meet fellow EU foreign ministers later to discuss Egypt.
Hundreds of people have died in five days of violence between supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and the Egyptian military. Egyptian security officials have said that more than 20 police officers have been killed in an attack in the north of the country. At least 36 Muslim Brotherhood prisoners have died while trying to escape during their transfer to a prison outside Cairo. (BBC)