U.S. vice president calls for concrete reform agenda in Egypt

09:56, February 06, 2011      

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called for "a concrete reform agenda" by the Egypt government as the most populous Arab state is plunged into deep chaos by days of mass anti-government protests.

In his second phone call to his Egyptian counterpart Omar Suleiman in the past three days, Biden stressed the need for "a concrete reform agenda, a clear timeline and immediate steps" that demonstrate to the public and the opposition that the Egyptian government is committed to reform, the White House said.

Biden also asked about progress in beginning "credible, inclusive" negotiations for Egypt's transition to a democratic government to address the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

He expressed concern about continued raids on civil society and called for the immediate release of journalists, activists and human rights advocates who have been detained without cause, the White House said.

Mass protests have erupted in Egypt since Jan. 25, calling for an end to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. U.S. President Barack Obama made a public call on Tuesday for an orderly transition in Egypt that must be "meaningful", "peaceful" and "must begin now".

Source: Xinhua
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