Egypt’s revolution “as significant as the fall of the Berlin wall”

The Maldives government has praised the Egyptian demonstrators who succeeded in ousting President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of autocratic rule.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Aslam said the Egyptian experience demonstrated that “a belief in democracy, freedom and human rights are not the possession of one country or civilisation, but are rather universal and inalienable values shared by all mankind”.

“We wake up today in a new world. It is no exaggeration to say that the events of the past few weeks are as significant as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. We are witnessing the slow roll-back of dictatorships and autocracies, and their replacement by government based on consent and society based on tolerance and dignity for all.”

Aslam extended the Maldives’ full support to Egypt during the country’s transition to democracy, a process mirrored by the Maldives in 2008.