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Tuesday
Feb012011

Special Obama Envoy Speaks to Egyptian President Mubarak

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Frank Wisner, the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt whom President Obama dispatched to Cairo to talk to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has spoken to the embattled Egyptian leader, an administration source tells ABC News.

Wisner, known to have a close relationship with Mubarak and top Egyptian government officials, served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

He was sent by President Obama to deliver a message about how to best prepare for an “orderly transition” from the current government to one that respects democracy, economic and political reforms, and human rights. The White House insists this push for a “transition” does not necessarily mean a transition to a government that Mubarak is not heading – officials say Egyptians will pick their leaders, not the U.S. – but White House officials also refuse to comment on whether Wisner has been tasked with gingerly showing Mubarak the door.

Meanwhile U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey spoke on the phone Tuesday with Mohamed ElBaradei, the leading opposition figure in Egypt.

A spokesman for the embassy tells ABC News: “Our embassy in Cairo maintains an active outreach to a wide range of political and civil society reps in Cairo, and the mission has been especially busy in the last several days to help convey our strong support for orderly transition.  One such contact was between the ambassador and Mohammad ElBaradei today.”

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