Jumat, 28 Januari 2011

Recommendation of President Obama To President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak

United States President Barack Obama says he personally has told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to take "concrete steps" to expand people's rights. He also asked Mubarak to refrain from violence against protesters flooded the streets of Cairo and other cities. "Obviously, there will be difficult days that will be passed, but the United States will continue to defend the rights of the Egyptian people and government to work with them in pursuing a future that is more just, more free, and more hopeful," said Obama, who admitted had telephone talks with Mubarak.

U.S. President made a comment on television shortly after he and Mubarak spoke. Obama's statement almost coincided with Mubarak in Cairo direct speech announcing the dismissal of his government and immediately form a new government to accelerate reforms. At the same time, he argued, violence by the protesters will not be tolerated. Obama said the U.S. always follow the developments in Egypt. Mubarak then ordered the police and military into the streets in response to the thousands of demonstrators.

Before Obama spoke, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the U.S. would cut 1.5 billion dollars in annual U.S. foreign aid to Egypt, depending on Mubarak's response to the demonstrations. Obama also repeated earlier demands that expressed by Hillary Clinton to Egypt, namely to restore access to the Internet and social networking sites.

Previously, access was discontinued following a government demonstrations broke out on the first day, and is rumored to be enlarged after Friday Prayers. Obama noted the United States and Egypt have a close partnership. U.S. supports Mubarak for years for agreeing to make peace with Israel.

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