As U.S. officials talk to Egyptian government and opposition leaders, a source confirms to Fox News that President Obama has asked Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to seek re-election.
Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey met with opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei in Cairo to make clear Washington’s desire for a peaceful transition amid continuing unrest, according to State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.
Crowley described the meeting as “part of our public outreach to convey support for orderly transition in Egypt.”
The administration also asked a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Frank Wisner, to visit members of embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s government. And at the Pentagon, officials said Defense Secretary Robert Gates conferred by phone with his Egyptian counterpart, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
Also Tuesday, the State Department ordered nonessential U.S. personnel to leave Egypt. The order replaces an initial decision last week to allow nonessential workers who wanted to leave the country to do so at government expense. Fox News