White House says monitoring Egypt situation closely
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Jan 26 (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it was keeping a close watch on protests in Egypt and reiterated that the United States supports Egyptians' universal right of assembly and speech.
Asked whether the United States still supports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Egypt remains a "close and important ally."
"We are monitoring closely the situation in Egypt," he told reporters traveling with U.S. President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One.
(Reporting by Ross Colvin, editing by Alister Bull)