Secretary Clinton spoke last night with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik. The Secretary emphasized the need to ensure that the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people are met, and that a broad cross-section of political actors and civil society have to be a part of the Egyptian-led process. She also stressed that incidents of harassment and detention of activists, journalists and other elements of civil society must stop.
While attending the Munich Security Conference today, Secretary Clinton discussed events in Egypt with NPR's Michele Kelemen. During the interview, Secretary Clinton said, "I think that the Egyptian people are looking for an orderly transition that can lead to free and fair elections. That's what the United States has consistently supported. We are putting a lot of effort into making sure that the dialogue process that has begun is meaningful and transparent, and leads to concrete actions.
"Now, the people themselves, and the leaders of various groups within Egyptian society, will ultimately determine whether it is or is not meeting their needs. Today we learned that the Muslim Brotherhood has decided to participate, which suggests that they, at least, are now involved in the dialogue that we have encouraged. We are going to wait and see how this develops. But we have been very clear about what we expect."
The Secretary continued, "...I want to stress our basic point, that we have set forth our expectations: no violence; peaceful protest; orderly transition; process that is transparent, expeditious, leading to free and fair elections. And yet we know that, ultimately, these decisions lie in the hands of the people of Egypt, themselves."
You can read the full transcript of Secretary Clinton's interview here.
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