On January 30, as Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his first visit to Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel asked the new leader to engage in a dialogue with all the political forces in his country and to ensure respect for freedom of religion and human rights.
Morsi declared that "Egypt will be governed by a rule of law which is neither military nor theocratic." He had to cancel the French stop on his European trip in order to return to Egypt to help resolve several days of violent street protest.
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