EGYPT: President Mubarak must stay for now, U.S. envoy says
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must stay in power for now to steer the political transition, President Obama's special envoy for Egypt told reporters Saturday.
"We need to get a national consensus around the preconditions for the next step forward. The president must stay in office to steer those changes," Frank Wisner told a security conference in Munich, Germany, during a video conference from Washington, Reuters reported.
Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and India who is seen as having a good relationship with the Mubarak regime, was dispatched to Cairo earlier this week by Obama to meet with Egyptian leaders.
"There is a chance to move forward," Wisner told the security conference Saturday. "It's fragile, it's the first stage, things could go wrong. But the direction is promising,"
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Photo: Frank Wisner, a U.S. special envoy to Egypt and former ambassador to Egypt who has good relations with the Mubarak regime, said Saturday that Mubarak must stay in power to ensure a smooth transition. Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA