Nicholas Sarkozy is urging G20 finance ministers gathering in Paris to offer their support for the transitional governments in Egypt and Tunisia as they gradually move toward democray.
In the shorter term, France will ask you to be ready to join forces to accompany our Tunisian and Egyptian friends on the road to democracy, in making economic and social progress, the French president told the ministers.
A successful transition in Tunisia and Egypt will also be a success for the G20.
Germany’s deputy finance minister Joerg Asmussen told Reuters that the draft communiqué which is G20 officials are putting together will very likely address the Mideast unrest.
Western heads of state have largely welcomed the wave of protests sweeping across the Islamic world, although there are concerns about its longer-term ramifications on the economies and the potential for migration to other nations.