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Talks only after Mubarak goes: ElBaradei

Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday President Hosni Mubarak must leave the country before any dialogue can start between the opposition and the government.

world Updated: Feb 01, 2011 21:31 IST

Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday President Hosni Mubarak must leave the country before any dialogue can start between the opposition and the government.

"There can be dialogue but it has to come after the demands of the people are met and the first of those is that President Mubarak leaves," he told Al Arabiya television, saying the dialogue would involve transitional power arrangements and dissolving parliament.

"I hope to see Egypt peaceful and that's going to require as a first step the departure of President Mubarak. If President Mubarak leaves, then everything will progress correctly," he said.