Obama: Future Egypt gov't must respect the will of the people
U.S. President reiterates importance of universal rights in phone conversations with Netanyahu, Turkey PM Erdogan, Jordan's Abdullah, and U.K. premier Cameron.
U.S. President Barack Obama voiced support for an "orderly transition" in Egypt that is responsive to the aspirations of Egyptians in phone calls with foreign leaders, the White House said on Sunday.
Obama spoke by phone on Saturday with Saudi King Abdullah, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on Sunday to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"During his calls, the president reiterated his focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, association, and speech; and supporting an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people," the White House said.
Discussing the phone conversation between Cameron and Obama, a spokesperson for the British premier said that the two shared the "view that Egypt now needed a comprehensive process of political reform, with an orderly, Egyptian-led transition leading to a Government that responded to the grievances of the Egyptian people and to their aspirations for a democratic future."
Jordan also issued a statement on the current volatile situation in Egypt Sunday. The official Jordanian statement said Jordan's King Abdullah II called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to enquire about the latest developments in the anti-government protests currently engulfing his country.
In the first official Jordanian reaction to the Egyptian demonstrations, the monarch "wished the brotherly country of Egypt security, stability and progress."
King Abdullah also discussed the situation in Egypt in separate telephone calls with U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Scores of Jordanians demonstrated in front of the Egyptian embassy in the capital Amman on Saturday, expressing solidarity with the Egyptian uprising and calling on Mubarak to bow to the will of his people.
Jordan has suffered its own, albeit contained, share of unrest as well. Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets in Amman and other major cities for the third week in a row on Friday, urging the king to fire the cabinet of Prime Minister Samir Rifai and adopt political and economic reforms.
Earlier Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Mubarak in a phone call to implement the reforms he promised protesters in his country earlier this week.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement that Merkel talked to Mubarak on the phone at length earlier in the day, telling him that he has to stop Egypt's security forces from exercising any further violence against protester.
The spokesman also said Merkel told Mubarak that she expects him and his newly nominated government to grant freedom of information and the right to assemble to the people of Egypt.
Merkel said she wants Mubarak to lead a dialogue with the country's citizens, and especially to respond to the concerns of Egypt's youth.