Obama meets with national security advisers on Egypt

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WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated his call for restraint from violence as nationwide protests continue in Egypt. The uprising has killed more than 100 people in recent days.

Egypt plunged into chaos on Friday when tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Cairo and other major cities to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Some of them clashed with security forces, killing scores of people and injuring thousands more. Protests continued on Saturday.

"[Obama] reiterated our focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights; and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform within Egypt," a statement from the White House said.

Obama met with national security advisers for an hour to review the situation in Egypt. Participants included Vice President Joe Biden, national security advisor Tom Donilon, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, chief of staff Bill Daley, press secretary Robert Gibbs, and senior advisor David Plouffe.


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