UK, US urge 'real, visible' change now in Egypt: London

5th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke with US President Barack Obama on Saturday and they agreed that "real, visible and meaningful change needed to start now" in Egypt, his office said.

In a phone call on Saturday evening, "they agreed that it was vital that the Egyptian government respond to the aspirations of the Egyptian people through reform not repression," a spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said.

The prime minister "welcomed the restraint shown by the army in policing the most recent protests", he said in a statement.

He added: "The leaders agreed that it was for the Egyptian people to determine the leadership of their country.

"But they were clear that an orderly transition to a broad-based government, with real, visible and meaningful change needed to start now.

"The prime minister said that a clear and credible roadmap to change was needed as soon as possible, including a path to free and fair elections."

© 2011 AFP

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