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United States to review aid to Egypt in wake of protests

By Ed Hornick, CNN
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • White House press secretary Robert Gibbs calls for calm
  • He says President Barack Obama has not spoken with his Egyptian counterpart
  • "The situation should be addressed through concrete reforms," says Gibbs

Washington (CNN) -- The United States will review its aid to Egypt based on protests and the government's response, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

"We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," he told reporters.

Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets again Friday demanding an end to the 30-year-rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

In a carefully worded press conference, Gibbs said that President Barack Obama has not spoken with Mubarak.

Gibbs urged restraint and called for everyone involved to refrain from using violence.

The White House is "deeply concerned about the images and the events we see in Egypt today," he said.

"The situation should be addressed through concrete reforms. That's what the people of Egypt demand. That's what they deserve," said Gibbs.

 
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