SBY monitors situation in Egypt ahead of visit
The Jakarta Post, Monrovia | World | Sat, February 02 2013, 6:41 PM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is monitoring the developing situation in Egypt and for the moment, is still intent on his plan to attend the 21th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which is scheduled to take place on Feb.5-6 in Cairo.
“We hope that the situation in Cairo is safe. But if the situation deteriorates further, we will respond to it,” Yudhoyono said in press conference in Monrovia, Liberia, early Saturday Indonesia time.
Accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa and several Cabinet ministers, Yudhoyono said that the Egyptian authorities had yet to offer information on the real situation and conditions in the country. No information has been relased on a possible delay of the high level meeting that is due to be attended by around 50 leaders of OIC member countries.
If the crisis in the country worsened, Yudhoyono said the delay of the OIC meeting would be understandable. ”I will not blame anyone. The most important thing is for the goals of the OIC meeting to be achieved. However, if something disrupts us in achieving that and leads to a delay, I will be very understanding about the matter,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.