Obama sends special envoy Wisner to Egypt

Wisner visit to Cairo comes as a million Egyptians poured onto the streets.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 23:53 PM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama has
dispatched Frank Wisner, former US Ambassador to India and
Egypt, to Cairo as the pro-democracy protest today gathered
momentum, demanding the ouster of embattled Egyptian leader
Hosni Mubarak.

"Frank Wisner is in Cairo. The US Government asked
him to go. As someone with deep experience in the region, he
is meeting with Egyptian officials and providing his
assessment," the State Department said in a statement today.

Wisner visit to Cairo comes as tens of thousands of
Egyptians poured onto the streets today for an unprecedented
rally seeking ouster of President Mubarak.

The powerful military has shown signs of distancing
itself from the besieged leader, vowing that it would not fire
on the protesters.

PTI