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US welcomes step that moves Egypt towards democracy

Washington: Welcoming any step that moves Egypt, which is the middle of a political unrest, towards transition to democracy, the White House today said that it is for the Egyptians to decide how this transition occurs.

"As the President has repeatedly said, Egyptians will be the ones that decide how this transition occurs. We welcome any step that provides credibility to that process," said Tommy Vietor Spokesman, National Security Council, White House.

The White House statement came amidst reports that Gamal Mubarak, the head of the National Democratic Party and son of embattled President Hosni Mubarak has resigned.

"We view this as a positive step towards the political change that will be necessary, and look forward to additional steps," a senior Administration official said when asked about the latest development coming from Egypt.

Later in the day, Obama was scheduled to receive a briefing on the situation from his senior national security staff on the unfolding developments in Egypt.

Earlier in the morning, the Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough convened a Deputies Committee meeting on Egypt.

Yesterday, Obama had hoped that the Egyptian President would be able to make right decision.

"In order for Egypt to have a bright future, which I believe it can have, the only thing that will work is moving a orderly transition process that begins right now that engages all the parties, that leads to democratic practices, fair and free elections, and representative government that is responsive to the grievances of the Egyptian people," he said.

"Once the (Egyptian) President himself announced that he was not going to be running again, and since his term is up relatively shortly, the key question he should be asking himself is, how do I leave a legacy behind in which Egypt is able to get through this transformative period? My hope is that he will end up making the right decision," Obama said responding to reporters question on Egypt at a joint White House news conference with the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

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