Obama sees 'progress' on Egypt

2011-02-07 22:22

Washington - President Barack Obama said on Monday that Egypt is "making progress" toward a solution to the political crisis enveloping the country.

Asked about the situation while walking back to the White House after speaking to the US Chamber of Commerce, Obama said: "Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path and I think they're making progress".

He did not elaborate. In Egypt, Vice President Omar Suleiman met for the first time on Sunday with several major opposition groups.

US officials have indicated support for the talks, even though they don't meet protesters' demands for President Hosni Mubarak's immediate resignation.

Some in Egypt see the US support as contradicting Obama's repeated call for a transition in Egypt to begin "now".

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said later that what the Egyptian people want most to see is the government taking concrete steps to bring about demanded changes, including the end of Mubarak's government, and free and fair elections.

He said "monumental change" already has taken place, with Mubarak pledging not to seek re-election in September, ruling out his son as a candidate to succeed him and appointing Suleiman's as vice president.

"We have the beginnings of a process that is taking place, a process that we know has to include a series of steps that have to be taken and a series of things that have to be negotiated with a broad section of the opposition parties in order to move us toward a free and fair election," Gibbs said.

  • feppie - 2011-02-08 07:05

    What is Obama smoking?

  • Jeremy - 2011-02-08 08:32

    If the US and the puppet Obama say there is progress in Egypt - it means they are stating to get their way - and thats a bad thing... Wish the US would stay in North America and out of other peoples business - but thats not a reality as they are economical terrorists. They dont care about human life, only profit.

  • Fikile - 2011-02-08 09:47

    My heart is with the Egyptian people, Egypt is a US and western style democracy, the same democracy they have bought to Iraq and Afghanistan. They (the west) are all hypocrites. As long as Egypt has a puppet as a leaders the west they call it a democracy even if mubarak is the biggest thief and murderer on the planet.

  • Zee - 2011-02-08 11:47

    I really don't get the U.S. They call for free and fair elections, pure democracy etc but when the people voice their opinion about having Mubarak step down then the U.S. says otherwise. They want their puppet to stay in power - clearly. Talks my ass, the people want him out - therefore he should go.

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