Hillary Clinton says U.S. not pushing for ouster of Egyptian President Mubarak


Paul Richter
The Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday called for Egypt to move toward “real democracy” but also made clear that the United States was not demanding that embattled President Hosni Mubarak step down in the face of continuing demonstrations.

In a series of television interviews, Clinton also eased slightly off the administration’s threats on Friday to yank Egypt’s billions in aid, saying such a step was not now under discussion.

Clinton spoke warmly of the Egyptian military as a “respected institution” and advised it to help move the country from its current unrest to an “orderly transition.”

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