February 1st, 2011
07:26 PM ET

Sources: Obama envoy urged Mubarak to drop re-election plans

Washington (CNN) - A U.S. envoy sent by President Barack Obama urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to announce he won't run for re-election later this year, sources told CNN on Tuesday.

Mubarak announced on state television Tuesday night that he won't run and would work to bring about some of the reforms sought by the protesters in his remaining months in office.

The U.S. move signaled a major shift in its foreign policy regarding Egypt, the main Arab ally of the United States and a vital partner in the Middle East peace process because of its 1978 treaty with Israel.

According to the sources, who spoke on condition of not being identified by name, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner conveyed the message to Mubarak in Egypt. It was unclear if the meeting was Monday or Tuesday.

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  1. Gail

    Good evening Anderson, I was watching the program tonite. I was wondering why President Obama was so fickle on this, Mubarak should be made to step down immediately its the only way the unrest will stop!
    Love your show!

    February 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  2. Bob S

    If Egypt is not a true Democracy in the same sense as it is in the West, and Mubarak says 'he will not seek re-election when his term expires', then who 'elected' him?

    February 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  3. aliceNYC

    I think President Obama is doing everything right with regards to Egypt. The U.S. can not seem to involve in helping them find their future leader reagrdless how it will affect us, Although we will always be blamed.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  4. Ibrahim Abaza

    It is my understanding that Mr. Wisner was selected because of a friendly relationship to Mr. Mubarak. May be the message is not clear enough, or maybe Mr. Obama in his hesitaion will serve the dark purpose of Mubarak; wome are already yelling on the radio that they are worried about their children who have been in the street for so many nights, there is also the possibility hat the battered regime may be sending its agents with weapons among the peaceful demonstrators, to create a bloody shoot out in an attempt to derail the organized rallies. If anything, the young people that started this amazing renaissance ought to be applauded, and encouraged, with more than words. They need the energy to see through the wonderdul work they started

    February 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  5. jenna welker

    Would the US government make campaign contributions to an Egyptian politician they would like elected?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm |