U.S. calls for restraint in Egypt protests

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:19pm EST

WASHINGTON Jan 25 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday called on Egyptian authorities to handle anti-government protests peacefully and said Washington hoped to see reforms in Egypt and elsewhere to create more political and economic opportunity.

"The United States supports the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people. All parties should exercise restraint and we call on the Egyptian authorities to handle these protests peacefully," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement. (Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

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