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Reaction to fall of Mubarak around the world

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Friday after 18 days of mass protests against his rule. Here is some reaction from around the world:

world Updated: Feb 11, 2011 22:34 IST

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Friday after 18 days of mass protests against his rule.
Here is some reaction from around the world:

US President Barack Obama:
-- "The President was informed of President Mubarak's decision to step down during a meeting in the Oval Office. He then watched TV coverage of the scene in Cairo for several minutes in the outer Oval (office)," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
-- Obama is to deliver a statement on Egypt at 1830 GMT.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
-- "The EU respects President Mubarak's decision today. By standing down, he has listened to the voices of the Egyptian people and has opened the way to faster and deeper reforms," Ashton said.

"It is important now that the dialogue is accelerated leading to a broad-based government which will respect the aspirations of, and deliver stability for, the Egyptian people."

"The future of Egypt rightly remains in the hands of the Egyptian people. The EU stands ready to help in any way it can."

Israel hopes for smooth Egypt transition

Israel hopes that the transition of power in Egypt after the departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be conducted "smoothly," a government official said on Friday.

"We hope that the transition to democracy, for Egypt and for its neighbours, will be done smoothly," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity shortly after Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power and handed control to the Egyptian army.

Congratulations to Egypt: Wael Ghonim tweets

Cybermilitant Wael Ghonim in a tweet message said "congratulations to Egypt, the criminal has left the palace," hailing Friday's announcement that president Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.

Egyptians achieved 'great victory': Iran

Iran said on Friday that Egyptians have achieved a "great victory," after it was announced that president Hosni Mubarak had stepped down.