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Obama tells Mubarak: Must take 'concrete steps'

 Egyptian anti-government activists, some standing on a burned police car challenge riot police officers, not seen, during clashes in Cairo, Egypt, Fr...
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 White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions on Egypt during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 28,...
 President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters about Egypt in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (...
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 President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement to reporters about Egypt in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Ja...
 President Barack Obama strides to the podium in the State Dining Room to speak to reporters about Egypt at the White House, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in...
 President Barack Obama makes a statement on Egypt in the State Dining Room at the  White House, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carol...

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President Barack Obama addresses the Families USA 16th Annual Health Action Conference, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Families USA is an cons...

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions on Egypt during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 28,...

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President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters about Egypt in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (...

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President Barack Obama strides to the podium in the State Dining Room to speak to reporters about Egypt at the White House, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in...

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President Barack Obama makes a statement on Egypt in the State Dining Room at the White House, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carol...

Stepping up pressure on a stalwart but flawed Middle Eastern ally, President Barack Obama said Friday night he had personally told Egypt's long-time leader to take "concrete steps" to expand rights inside the Arab nation and refrain from violence against protesters flooding through the streets of Cairo and elsewhere.
"Surely, there will be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful," Obama said.
The president made his comments shortly after he and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spoke by telephone.
The conversation followed closely on a televised speech in which Mubarak, in Cairo, announced he was sacking his government to form a new one that would accelerate reforms. At the same time, he said, violence by protesters would not be tolerated.


Updated : 2021-05-10 00:30 GMT+08:00