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Obama calls for credible transition in Egypt

world Updated: Feb 12, 2011 02:43 IST
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Welcoming the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as the president of Egypt, US President Barack Obama today asked for an irreversible and credible process of transition of power in this country which has witnessed massive pro-democracy protests for more than two weeks now.

"There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege of witnessing history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times," Obama said in his remarks to the press.

Obama said that the Egyptian military must ensure credible transition of power.

"The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same," Obama said.

"By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people's hunger for change. But this is not the end of Egypt's transition. It's a beginning.

I'm sure there will be difficult days ahead, and many questions remain unanswered," said the US President.

Obama's remarks were delayed by about 100 minutes because was in the White House Situation Room meeting with his national security team.

Earlier he dropped by a previously schedule Principals Committee meeting convened by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon to discuss current developments in Egypt.