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Obama Poised to Intensify U.S. Criticism of Egypt’s Mubarak
Flavia Krause-Jackson and Hans Nichols
January 26, 2011, 9:00 PM PST
The White House is prepared to step up its criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key Middle East ally, if his government intensifies its crackdown on protesters, said an administration official.
President Barack Obama privately pressed Mubarak in a telephone call last week to embrace democratic changes, said the official, who requested anonymity. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said Mubarak, in power since 1981, has an “important opportunity” to enact economic, political and social reforms.
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