10 Feb '11, 1am

Egypt and US swap barbs as tension mounts

Egypt and US swap barbs as tension mounts

WASHINGTON: A top Egyptian minister accused the United States on Wednesday of imposing its "will" on its Arab ally, as the White House warned that Cairo had failed to even reach a "minimum threshold" for reform. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit lashed out in a television interview on a day when Washington took a critical line towards Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, who is in charge of a dialogue with opposition groups. And amid warnings by the Egyptian government of a military crackdown on rejuvenated protests, the US government again pleaded with armed forces it helped build with billions of dollars in aid to show restraint. Abul Gheit condemned US rhetoric on a crisis sparked by days of opposition protests in Egypt, complaining in an interview with America's PBS television at Washington's urgent tone. "When you speak about 'prompt,' 'immediate,' 'now,' a...

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