Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, said:
“The next few days will be critical in determining the prospects for peace and reconciliation in Egypt in the months and years ahead.
"It was right for the United States to try, through quiet diplomacy, to influence the Egyptian military authorities towards a democratic path after their removal of President Morsi. Yet recent days have seen horrific bloodshed. The time has now come for the UK government to urge the US administration to suspend its $1.3bn military aid to Egypt. This suspension should be maintained while the US Government's review into its relationship with the Egyptian state continues.
"The UK government should also today call for an immediate meeting of EU Foreign Ministers to discuss the recent events in Egypt. At that meeting the EU should review all existing support and aid provided directly to the Egyptian authorities.
“The responsibility for restoring calm rests primarily with the Egyptian interim government. The UK Government should therefore urge the interim government to suspend the State of Emergency currently in place and commit to a fixed timetable for holding new elections.”