William Hague, Foreign Secretary, May 17th 2011
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Hague: We have to recognise new Egypt regime

The former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, is under arrest, a day after the army forced him from power. A spokesman for Mr Morsi's party, the Muslim Brotherhood, said he was being held at a military base.

Foreign Secretary William Hague told the Today programme he believed that a military having the power to overthrow a government is a "dangerous thing."

He said: "It's happened and we must realise the situation will move on. "

"The important thing is for political leaders and others are needed to work together in a way they haven't done over the last year, to bring in the checks and balances that should be there in a constitution that's respected by all, to make sure elections that are respected by all and to make urgent improvements to the Egyptian economy."

"We recognise states, not governments, a recognised state of Egypt, we have to work with whoever is in authority in Egypt," he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 4 July 2013.

  • 04 Jul 2013
  • From the section World