Talks Imminent?


by Chris Bodenner


2048 GMT: The Obama Administration has reportedly despatched Frank G. Wisner a former Ambassador to Egypt, to Cairo for talks with the regime.

2045 GMT: Vice President Omar Suleiman has said that President Hosni Mubarak entrusted him to begin talks with all political factions. Suleiman also said the government will announce several political reforms within days, with the priorities of fighting unemployment and abolishing corruption.

Richard Adams cautions:

Omar Suleiman's offer of dialogue with other political parties is being dismissed as window dressing .... The consensus seems to be that Suleiman's appearance was intended for US consumption.

(Photo: From left, Hosni Mubarak, Omar Suleiman and Sami Enan at Egypt's military HQ in Cairo. AFP/Getty Images)