Five EU nations urged an immediate political transition to end violent unrest in Egypt, in a joint statement on Thursday by Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
"Only a quick and orderly transition to a broad-based government will make it possible to overcome the challenges Egypt is now facing," said the statement. "That transition process must start now."
Egypt's long-standing president Hosni Mubarak is facing mass protests calling for him to quit power, which erupted yesterday into violent clashes. Medics said that pro-Mubarak forces had fired on protestors.