WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke on the situation in Egypt, describing it as a "moment of transformation" in which he urged an immediate and "orderly transition."
Obama commended the Egyptian military for thus far allowing peaceful protests while protecting the Egyptian people, noting that military tanks have been covered with banners, while soldiers and protesters embrace in the streets. The President continued by urging the military to continue its efforts to help ensure that this time of change is peaceful.
The U.S. stands for "universal values," Obama said, referring to the freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and the freedom to access information.
President Obama also restated that the U.S. has "spoken out on behalf of the need for change," adding that he spoke directly with President Mubarak after his speech, who recognized that the "status quo is not sustainable" and that a change must take place.
"Through thousands of years, Egypt has known many moments of transformation. The voices of the Egyptian people tell us that this is one of those moments; this is one of those times," the President stated.
However, Obama emphasized that only the Egyptian people can determine their leaders and called for an immediate transition.
"What is clear: and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak: is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now."
"The process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties," Obama underlined. "It should lead to elections that are free and fair. And it should result in a government that’s not only grounded in democratic principles, but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people."
Furthermore, President Obama said the U.S. would continue to extend its partnership and friendship to Egypt, as the nation stands ready to provide any assistance that is necessary to help the Egyptian people as they manage the aftermath of these protests.
"Over the last few days, the passion and the dignity that has been demonstrated by the people of Egypt has been an inspiration to people around the world, including here in the United States, and to all those who believe in the inevitability of human freedom," Obama said.
"We hear your voices," Obama said, regarding the young people of Egypt. "I have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny and seize the promise of a better future for your children and your grandchildren."
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