Kerry says Mubarak needs to respond to his people
Obama says US will "continue to stand up for rights of Egyptian people"; Gibbs warns Egypt must address "legitimate grievances."
By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
January 29, 2011 15:52
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US Sen. John Kerry said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak needs to respond to the concerns of his citizens and the issues they are having.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that "we're monitoring a very fluid situation."
Speaking to The Associated Press Saturday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, the Massachusetts Democrat said that Mubarak needs to respond to his people more directly more than his speech Friday did.
He said that dismissing the government does not speak to those challenges.
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President Barack Obama said Friday that he had personally told Egypt's
long-time leader to take "concrete steps" to expand rights inside the
Arab nation and refrain from violence against protesters flooding
through the streets of Cairo and elsewhere.
"Surely, there will
be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand
up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government
in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful,"
The conversation followed closely on a televised speech in which Mubarak,
in Cairo, announced he was sacking his government to form a new one
that would accelerate reforms. At the same time, he said, violence by
protesters would not be tolerated.
Earlier, the White House said
that the "legitimate grievances" of the Egyptian people must be
addressed immediately by the Egyptian government and violence is not the
said it was time for reform to come to Egypt. He reiterated calls for
restraint and said that the Pentagon has been in direct contact with the
Egyptian military to caution restraint.
The US is treading
carefully amid the threat to a stalwart US ally in the Arab world
considered a linchpin for American efforts to forge Middle East peace
and tamp down Islamic extremism.