Hillary Clinton voices support for Egyptians' legitimate aspirations

February 7, 2011 12:22 pm 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has stressed that the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people are met before representatives of the Egyptian government and opposition met on how to ease unrest and restore order in the country, the U.S. State Department said on Sunday.

In a phone call to Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik on Saturday night, the top U.S. envoy "emphasized the need to ensure that the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people are met, and that a broad cross-section of political actors and civil society have to be a part of the Egyptian-led process," the department said.

It said that "she also stressed that incidents of harassment and detention of activists, journalists and other elements of civil society must stop."

As the mass anti-government protests entered their 13th day on Sunday, Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman held talks with representatives of political parties including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and protesters, trying to find a way out of the current crisis.

They agreed to form a committee, which will include the judiciary and a number of political figures, to study and propose constitutional amendments and required legislative amendments, before the first week of March. (PNA/Xinhua)

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