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Obama sees ’progress’ on Egypt

by The Associated Press | February 7, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.

President Barack Obama says Egypt is “making progress” toward a path forward out of the political crisis enveloping the country.

Obama didn’t elaborate Monday in response to a reporter’s question on the talks taking place in Egypt, where Vice President Omar Suleiman met several major opposition groups for the first time Sunday.

U.S. officials have indicated support for the talks, even though they don’t meet protesters’ demands for President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation. And some in Egypt see the U.S. support as contradicting Obama’s repeated call for a transition in Egypt to begin “now.”

Obama was asked about the situation in Egypt after speaking to the Chamber of Commerce. He replied, “Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path, and I think they’re making progress.”

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