MP’s fears over Egypt violence

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A WEARSIDE MP has voiced fears over the future of peace in the Middle East after the turmoil in Egypt.

As protesters called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to stand down, Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson questioned what it would mean for the region.

She said: “Since signing the peace accord with Israel in 1979, Egypt has been a key figure in trying to broker peace and stability in the Middle East. Recent events obviously raise concerns about the future direction of its foreign policy.

“Will the Secretary of State tell us what role the UK Government will play in ensuring that, in the likely event of regime change, Egypt will continue to play a constructive role in the Middle East?”

Foreign Secretary William Hague replied: “We regard it as of paramount importance that Egypt continues to do that in the future.”

He said he hoped to speak to Vice-President Suleiman to encourage Egypt to have “real and visible change” to help not only the country but the Middle East as a whole.