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Obama Issues Strong Reprimand To Egypt

Feb 8, 2011 10:11:58 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The United States on Tuesday set out four steps Cairo must take to end Egypt’s crisis, telling its ally to stop harassing protesters, journalists and civil society activists.

The reprimand came in the wake of the Egyptian vice-president Omar Suleyman’s comments who was quoted on Sunday as suggesting Egypt was not ready for democracy. A government statement also said that emergency law would be lifted “according to the security conditions”

The steps were communicated by US Vice President Joe Biden to Suleyman who is currently seeking to negotiate with Egyptian opposition chiefs with regard to demands for Mubarak to leave office after 30 years in power.

A white house statement released teh four steps to the public after Biden spoke with Suleyman.

– “Restraining the Ministry of Interior’s conduct by immediately ending the arrests, harassment, beating, and detention of journalists, and political and civil society activists, and by allowing freedom of assembly and expression;

– “immediately rescinding the emergency law;

– “broadening participation in the national dialogue to include a wide range of opposition members; and,

– “inviting the opposition as a partner in jointly developing a roadmap and timetable for transition.