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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Thursday he is praying that the "violence will end" in turbulent Egypt.
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Appearing at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Obama said that the United States is "mindful of the violence" that has erupted there in the last 48 hours.
He said he hopes the aspirations of the Egyptian people can be realized.
Obama also said he is wishing that "a better day will dawn over Egypt
and through the world."
The US administration has been calling
repeatedly in recent days for embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
to accept the clamor for change in the country he has ruled for 30
years and to start a transition toward a more democratic system. Obama
has urged restraint on all sides amid an escalation in violence in
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Egypt's new Vice President Omar Suleiman to urge an investigation into attacks that have left a number of protesters dead and injured in Cairo.
Clinton urged the government of Egypt to "hold accountable those who were responsible for violent acts", in a statement from the office of the State Department's spokesman released.
Clinton also "expressed hope that both the government and the opposition would seize the opportunity, starting immediately," created by Suleiman's call for "a broad dialogue with representatives of Egypt's opposition parties", the statement also said.
Earlier on Wednesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs expressed frustration
that after Obama told Mubarak on Tuesday that an “ordinary transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now,” the only change evident a day later was the use of violence against protesters for the first time after days of demonstration’s calling for the Egyptian leader’s ouster.