Tags: Egypt Unrest | Davos Forum Egypt

Kerry: Mubarak Needs to Respond to His People

Saturday, 29 Jan 2011 04:34 PM


DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Saturday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must respond to the concerns of his people and their issues, days after violent anti-government protests rocked the country.

"The key here is for President Mubarak to respond to the needs of his people in a way that is more directly connected to their frustrations," the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told The Associated Press Saturday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

"I think he's got to speak more to the real issues that people feel," Kerry added. "Dismissing the government doesn't speak to some of those challenges."

Asked if Mubarak should step down in a bid to calm the growing protests, Kerry said it was not his place to say.

"I think you first have to sit down and have a discussion with him on the future of Egypt," Kerry told the AP. "I'm not going to call for that in a newspaper, but we've got to have those conversations."

Kerry's comments came just minutes after Egyptian state television reported that the Cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif had resigned on Mubarak's orders.

Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, also present at the meeting, said the demands of change being sought by the protesters likely cannot be stopped.

"It is obvious that people are demanding change and reform, and this demand for change, I don't think it will be stoppable," he said.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rassmusen said that EU ministers will meet on Monday to discuss Egypt.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved