Obama stresses support for democracy in Egypt

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 3:34 PM
Obama stresses support for democracy in Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama stressed U.S. support for Egypt's move to democracy and discussed its International Monetary Fund talks in a telephone conversation on Friday with Egyptian military council chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the White House said.

"The President reinforced the necessity of upholding universal principles and emphasized the important role that civil society, including non-governmental organizations, have in a democratic society," the White House said in a statement. "He underscored that non-governmental organizations should be able to operate freely."

(Reporting By Alister Bull)