White House says not taking sides in Egypt unrest

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:08pm EST

WASHINGTON Jan 27 (Reuters) - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Thursday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a close and important U.S. partner but stressed that the United States was not taking sides on the unrest in Egypt.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)