Monday, January 31, 2011

Middle East: US envoy to Egypt, EU reactions to crisis

Al Jazeera

US envoy in Cairo for talks
State department spokesman says ex-ambassador to Egypt is in capital to reinforce US message to Mubarak's government.

"A former US ambassador to Egypt is in Cairo and "has the ability" to talk to Egyptian leaders, PJ Crowley, the US state department spokesman, said on Monday.

"Crowley gave no details of who Frank G Wisner, the ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1991, would meet but said he would have the opportunity to reinforce the US message to Egypt.

"He also said the Washington believed Egypt should revoke emergency law brought in following mass protests against the government.

"Earlier, Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, dismissed Monday's move by Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to appoint a new government, saying the situation in the country called for action, not appointments.

"The White House is calling for free and fair elections in Egypt, but refusing to say whether the Washington believes Mubarak should run in those contests."

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