In quotes: World reacts to overthrow of Morsy

A number of world leaders have taken pragmatic stances in not denouncing the overthrow of former Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsy. Others have been happy to denounce it publicly. Here are some of the major reactions from around the world:


"Qatar will continue to back Egypt in its leading role in the Arab and Muslim worlds," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in remarks carried by the official QNA news agency.


Iran respects the will of the smart, civilized Egyptian people and insists on the necessity to respond to its legitimate demands,” a spokesperson for the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry, Abbas Arachqi, said in statements quoted by Nasimonline, an Iranian news website.


"The power change in Egypt was not a result of the will of the people. The change was not in compliance with democracy and law," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in Ankara.


"This is a major setback for democracy in Egypt. It is urgent that Egypt return as quickly as possible to the constitutional order… there is a real danger that the democratic transition in Egypt will be seriously damaged," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told reporters during a visit to Athens on Wednesday.

African Union

"The belief is that the doctrine will be applied, which is suspension for any country where an unconstitutional change has taken place," AU source told Reuters said on Thursday.


"It is a volatile situation [and] it is not clear where we are heading," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told journalists on Thursday, adding that "inclusivity" was key to any solution in the Egyptian crisis.


"I call on everyone to exercise restraint and refrain from violence, to respect human rights, including the rights of minorities, and the rule of law — and to work to establish a democratic and inclusive civilian government as soon as possible," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday.