Envoy spoke about Mubarak as private citizen: official

5th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A retired diplomat who carried a US message to Egypt's Hosni Mubarak last week and on Saturday said he should stay in office during a transition, was speaking as a private citizen, a US official said.

"Frank Wisner was speaking as a private citizen... analyst... not as a representative of the US government," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The official said he did not actually hear Wisner's comments and declined to comment on them when reporters read them out loud, but stressed he was acting in a private capacity.

Wisner went to Cairo on Monday to carry a message from US President Barack Obama's administration to the Egyptian leader. He is now back in the United States.

© 2011 AFP

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