Obama working on the Egypt situation
January 31st, 2011
03:21 PM ET

Obama working on the Egypt situation

WASHINGTON (CNN)– President Obama continues to be briefed on the ongoing situation in Egypt and is monitoring the situation closely. Robert Gibbs said that he's being updated as part of his normal Presidential Daily Briefing and will continue to receive briefings throughout the day as news on the ground in Egypt warrants.

Over the weekend, he made a number of phone calls to various world leaders to discuss the situation in Egypt. On Saturday, he called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Sunday, he followed up with a phone call to British Prime Minister David Cameron. According to a paper readout from the White House over the weekend, President Obama talked about supporting universal rights and called for restraint against violence, as well as "and supporting an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people."

Also on Saturday, Mr. Obama held a meeting with his national security team for about an hour. According to another readout from the White House, the president "reiterated our focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights; and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform within Egypt."

Among those present at the meeting: VP Biden, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe.

Topics: Egypt • President Obama

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