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Gibbs Won’t Say U.S. Still Supports Mubarak

Potentially interesting developments in the U.S.-Egypt relationship as Egyptians take to the streets to protest the Mubarak government:


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined to say Wednesday whether the U.S. still supports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, reiterating that Egypt remains “a strong ally.”

Gibbs said this morning that the White House is “still monitoring the situation” in Egypt, where Mubarak is the target of protesters opposing his authoritarian government.

“We continue to believe first and foremost, that any of the parties, all of the parties should refrain from violence,” Gibbs told the press aboard Air Force One. “We support, as the president mentioned last night about the people of Tunisia, the universal rights of the people of Egypt. And this is an important time for the government to demonstrate its responsiveness to the people of Egypt and in recognizing those universal rights.”

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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