Germany urges Egypt parties to refrain from violence

Germany's Foreign Ministry has urged all political parties in Egypt to refrain from violence or threats of violence, and called on Egyptian authorities to allow an international organisation access to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. A ministry spokesman said:

All forms of political persecution would be extremely damaging for the future of Egypt.

We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi, and we also urge all political powers, in particular the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, to refrain from all forms of violence or threat of violence