Obama Consults With Leaders

Israeli PM Netanyahu among those contacted by Obama, who reiterated his position on the violence in Egypt and on the need for a new government.

Elad Benari , | updated: 3:03 AM

President Obama
President Obama
White House

U.S. President Barack Obama consulted with world leaders on Sunday following the latest developments in the uprising in Egypt.

Among those leaders with whom Obama spoke was Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The President also consulted Jordanian King Abdullah, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The White House said in a statement that "During his calls, the president reiterated his focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, association, and speech; and supporting an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people."

Earlier on Sunday, the U.S. embassy in Cairo told its citizens to consider leaving the country as soon as possible and warned against traveling in the country. The warning is more severe than the previous statement to citizens to avoid non-essential travel in Egypt.

Approximately 90,000 Americans are estimated to live, work and study in Egypt, and several companies have told their employees’ families to leave.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Egyptian television showed President Hosni Mubarak meeting with the heads of the military along with his new deputy, Omar Suleiman. Mubarak also spoke with his new Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafik, and asked him to make the return to quiet in Egypt a top priority.

Fathi Srour, Chairman of the Egyptian Parliament, said on Sunday that the parliament would respect any legal decision concerning the results of the parliamentary elections which were held in Egypt two months ago, and added that the parliament “will make the necessary amendments” if it has to.

“There are more and more voices calling to dissolve the parliament,” said Srour. “This is now being investigated by the Court of Appeals.” He went on to explain that it would be better if the parliament “accepts the amendments to the election results than be pursued by doubts.”



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