Saturday, January 29, 2011

Australia: Mubarak deliant as Obama wades in

The Sydney Morning Herald

Egypt in revolt as Mubarak stands fast
By Samer al-Atrush

"US President Barack Obama called on the Egyptian authorities not to use violence against the political protests, driving home his message in a 30-minute phone call with Mubarak.

"Obama urged Mubarak to take "concrete" steps towards political reforms, saying he must turn "a moment of volatility" into "a moment of promise."

"Washington has toughened its line on a key Middle Eastern ally, warning Egypt it would review billions of US dollars in aid based on the behaviour of its security forces.

"Egypt is one of the world's largest recipients of US aid, receiving $1.3 billion annually in military assistance alone."

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