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ElBaradei: U.S. late in calling for Egypt reforms

- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition party to the Egyptian government facing a revolution, on Sunday criticized the United States for its diplomacy, saying it was "behind the curve" in calling for basic, universal values.

He said on NBC's "Face the Nation" that those values include freedom, democracy and human rights.

However, Mr. ElBaradei suggested the Obama administration, after street protests broke out in Cairo roughly 13 days ago, has made it clear that President Hosni Mubarak must exit in a smooth transition to bring about more economic opportunities in Egypt and a stronger democratic society, which includes free and fair elections.

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