February 8th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
The two leaders spoke by phone Tuesday about the transition process that will shape Egypt’s future.
In a readout provided by the White House, Vice President Biden urged an “orderly transition in Egypt that is prompt, meaningful, peaceful, and legitimate,” and that it “produce immediate, irreversible progress.”
Biden and Suleiman also discussed “restraining the Ministry of Interior’s conduct by immediately ending the arrests, harassment, beating, and detention of journalists, and political and civil society activists.”
But the official, who spoke to CNN on the grounds of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks, downplayed the emphasis on “tone” from the administration, instead describing the U.S. position as “one long sustained effort.” The official reiterated the administration’s position that a wide range of opposition members in Egypt should be included in the national dialogue.
“This should be a potluck not a dinner party,” the official said. In other words, a process where diverse opinions are brought and heard at the table.