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Egypt Protests: Obama, Netanyahu And Other World Leaders React To Anti-Mubarak Demonstrations

First Posted: 01/31/11 11:36 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stares down nearly a full week of massive social upheaval, international leaders have begun to voice their opinions on the nation's ongoing unrest.

In Washington, President Barack Obama expressed interest in an "orderly transition" within the country, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy stating that his nation was prepared to support "this peaceful change."

Within the region, support for the beleaguered Mubarak was more widespread, with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirming his nation's solidarity with Egypt and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz strongly criticizing protesters' motivations.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron called on the Egyptian authorities to "go down the path of reform and not repression." As he told the BBC, "I have spoken to President Mubarak and had a conversation with President Obama last night, and we were very much agreed that we want the response of the Egyptian government to be that there needs to be a proper orderly transition to a more democratic situation, where there are greater rights, greater freedoms, better rule of law and that sort of reform, to show to people in Egypt that their concerns and their aspirations are being listened to. But I think in the conversations we have with President Mubarak and others it is sensible to say 'You do have a choice here. This repression - if you opt for that, that will end badly for Egypt, badly for the world. It is the wrong choice.'"
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