Czech Republic deeply concerned over developments in Egypt

The Czech Republic has expressed grave concern over the latest developments in Egypt. In a statement released on Thursday the Czech Foreign Ministry called for restraint on both sides, an end to the violence and a return to political dialogue which would open the way to democratic reforms. The ministry also expressed deep sympathy for the victims’ families. A state of emergency is in place in the country following a clampdown by security forces on supporters of the deposed president Mohamed Mursi which claimed over 500 lives.