White House believes Egypt government stable

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:00pm EST

WASHINGTON Jan 27 (Reuters) - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Thursday the United States believes the Egyptian government is stable despite massive street protests against it.

Gibbs also told reporters that the protesters have an obligation not to engage in violence. He said President Barack Obama has frequently encouraged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to engage in political reforms. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu)