US calls for rights of Egyptians; Prez yet to quit

Washington, Jan 29: Egypt witnessed a severe situation in the nation from last one week as thousands of anti government protesters took to the streets and demonstrators hurling rocks clashed with riot police in Cairo. Now, US raised voice for the rights of the Egyptians.

White House spokesperson on Jan 29 informed that US President Barack Obama called on his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak to halt the crackdown on protesters.

Sources said that during his conversation, Obama confirmed that Washington would continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work along with their government to ensure a better future.

"The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny," Obama stated and also added, "These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere."

However, Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak denied to resign over the protest and claimed, "As the President of this country, I assure you that I'm working for the people and giving freedoms of opinion as long as you are respecting the law. There is a little line between freedom and chaos."

Citing the nation wide protest with demand of resignation of the president, Egyptian government closed all sorts of communication by shutting down major internet and cell phone services.

Sources also informed that Obama also discussed about the communication state in the nation as he asked Mubarak to withdraw the ban on the communication process.

Addressing the chaotic nation (Egypt), Obama also stated, "I want to be very clear in calling on the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal and that includes the right to peaceful assembly."

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