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US President Barack
Obama spoke with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Wednesday to discuss
events in Egypt. The Saudi King reportedly said that in the case that
the United States withdraws its financial support for Cairo, that his
kingdom would prop up Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime, The Times reported.
to the report, the Saudi king told Obama not to push Mubarak too hard,
so as not to humiliate him amid the ongoing protests demanding his
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The White House has called on the Egyptian government to end the
harassment of activists, to broaden the makeup of their negotiations
with opposition leaders, to lift a repressive emergency law, and to take
up a series of other moves the Obama government has requested for days.
Obama reinforced that message in his telephone conversation with King
Abdullah, in which the president emphasized the need for "immediate
steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting,
legitimate and responsive," the White House said.
White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested that some Egyptian leaders
thought they could wait out the protesters by offering up some
concessions and assuming "life will return to normal" after years of
repression. He added that the Egyptian protesters demanding change "are
not likely to dissipate until the government takes some genuine steps."
Associated Press contributed to this report.