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Clinton Ignores Criticism on Tour of Cairo's Tahrir Square

Promising U.S. help in transition, she ignores criticism of past support for Mubarak.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, May 19, 2009(Richard A. Bloom)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday, where she praised the power of democracy and ignored criticism of Washington’s long support for Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

"To see where this revolution happened and all that it has meant to the world is extraordinary for me," Clinton said on her tour of the square, ahead of talks with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. "It's just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and universal desire for freedom and human rights and democracy.”

 

But the Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution, a group involved in the protests last month, said it had declined an invitation to meet Clinton because of weak support from the U.S. early in the uprisings.

Still, Clinton told Egyptians that “the U.S. stands ready to help in everything possible to translate what happened in Tahrir Square into (a) new reality for Egypt.”

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