US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and UK Foreign Minister William Hague both
criticized Egypt's Mubarak regime Sunday, calling for reforms and a
serious path towards democracy."We want to see free
and fair elections and we expect that this will be one of the outcomes
of what is going on" now, Clinton said.
"I want the Egyptian people to have a chance to chart a new future," said Clinton, who addressed the volatile situation in back-to-back interviews on the five morning TV news shows before leaving on a trip to Haiti.
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Asked if she thought longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had taken the necessary steps so far to hold on, Clinton said, "It's not a question of who retains power. ... It's how are we going to respond to the legitimate needs and grievances expressed by the Egyptian people and chart a new path. Clearly, the path that has been followed has not been one that has created that democratic future, that economic opportunity that people in the peaceful protests are seeking."
She spoke of the need for "an orderly, peaceful transition to real
democracy, not faux democracy, like the elections we saw in Iran two
"We are totally committed to working with the Egyptians that are interested in a true democracy," she said.
Hague criticized the Egyptian government through his Twitter account. In
his "tweet," Hague told the Mubarak regime that "genuine reforms [are]
needed [as well as a] clear path towards an open society based on
Also Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that he was "anxiously following" the crisis, saying in his first public comments on the situation that Israel's three-decade-old peace agreement with Egypt must be preserved.
The statements came as the US State Department and several other states urged their citizens to leave Egypt.
The US Embassy in Cairo warned Americans to avoid travel to Egypt
because of unrest, violence, and ongoing demonstrations against
A number of countries, including Turkey, Belgium, Iraq, India, China and
the Philippines, followed the US and also issued warnings and offered
to help citizens and tourists leave Egypt.