Egypt official: White House demands contradictory

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 3, 2011 01:48

WASHINGTON — An Egyptian official, speaking for his government, complained on Wednesday that the US is pressing for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's swift departure even as the White House publicly urges an orderly transition.

The official, speaking from a location outside Egypt, also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Mubarak's decision not to seek re-election in September was not a result of pressure from President Barack Obama, who has spoken with the Egyptian leader twice since the street uprising began more than a week ago.

The official said in the statement: "There is a clear contradiction between an orderly process of transition and the insistence that this process be rushed."


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