Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday he expects a new government in Egypt to be formed democratically, following President Hosni Mubarak’s sudden resignation.
"We hope Egypt will play an even more constructive role in the Middle East," Kan told reporters at his official residence. "I want to salute the fact that protesters’ peaceful activities have led to a change in government."
Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told reporters in Moscow, where he is meeting Russian officials, that Japan expects a stable new government to soon be established in Egypt.
"Japan continues to attach importance to its relationship with Egypt and is eager to strengthen it. We will keep offering various forms of cooperation to the country," he said.
Since Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman said Friday in a televised speech that Mubarak had stepped down, Tokyo has been assessing the situation in the country, especially considering the safety of Japanese living there, government officials said.
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