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Wednesday
Feb092011

Relations Sour as Egypt Accuses US of Meddling

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Once the cornerstone of America’s relations with the Arab world, relations between Washington and the government in Cairo have quickly deteriorated after the United States joined the chorus of demonstrators in Egypt’s streets demanding the ouster of the country’s longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

The latest volley came Wednesday from Egypt’s Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit, who said in an interview that the United States should stop meddling in Egypt’s internal affairs.

"For Americans to come and say 'change is now,' but already we are changing! or, 'you start now,' we started last week. So better understand the Egyptian sensitivities and better encourage the Egyptians to move forward and to do what is required," he told PBS NewsHour.

The United States denied it was sticking its hands where they don’t belong.

“We're not trying to dictate anything,” State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters.

“As we've said and emphasized many times, there will be an Egyptian solution, you know, and Egyptian actions within this orderly, you know, transition.  But it's important that, you know, what Egypt does do is -- you know, is seen as credible in the eyes of the Egyptian people, and it's our view that what they've put forward so far does not meet that threshold,” he said.

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