'Offended Mubarak refuses phone call from Obama'

Ousted Egyptian leader resents calls made by US president during unrest that he "step down immediately," 'Al-Quds Al-Arabi' reports.

February 17, 2011 17:25
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Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)


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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak refused to respond to telephone calls from US President Barack Obama because he still felt offended by Obama's statement in which he called on Mubarak "to step down immediately," London-based Arabic language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Thursday.

Mubarak, still living in "presidential style" in Sharm el-Sheikh, according to the report, refused an invitation from Saudi King Abdullah to come to the kingdom, telling him he preferred to die on Egyptian soil.

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The report said that it was not clear if Mubarak had been in contact with Egypt's new military rulers through his former deputy Omar Suleiman.

Mubarak, whose health deteriorated in the aftermath of his resignation but has since stabilized, is surrounding by personal security, according to the report.

The Sharm el-Sheikh  luxury palace that Mubarak is residing in belongs to the former Egyptian president's friend and business associate, Hussein Salem. Salem owns a company which helped Mubarak carry out arms deals, utilize US aid to Egypt and export gas to Israel, according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

The palace is extremely secure and  not easily approachable, the report added.

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