Mubarak era is over: Albright



Mubarak era is over: Albright Washington: As anti-government protest entered its 13th day in Egypt, former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright on Sunday said that the "Mubarak era" is over.

"My own personal opinion, is the Mubarak era is over. The question is how to have a process that really works properly, that allows these various voices to come together and not disagree on some of the tactical aspects," Albright told the CNN in an interview.

Given the political turmoil in Egypt, she felt Israel has every reason to be anxious.

"They have known forever that they live in a very dangerous neighbourhood and they clearly are concerned. I think that Egypt has played a key role in terms of a peace with Israel.

And they have reason to be anxious," she said.

"I think we all care about the security of Israel, and my own feeling is that it's very hard for Egypt to play the important role that it has to if it is not moving into this transitional phase and developing a democratic system that allows it to be a stable country," Albright said.

"So I can see why Israel is anxious, but I think Israel has to deal with its neighbourhood, why I have believed in the two-state solution, and I hope that the peace talks go forward," she said.

Albright, who now chairs the National Democratic Institute, said the US wants to have a process that provides a peaceful transition.

"It does have to be a rapid process, it has to be democratic, it has to be inclusive, and I think that we're very clear that there has to be a transition process that represents the will of the Egyptian people," she said.

At the same time, Crowley noted that the United States cannot micromanage the process in Egypt.

"What we have to do, however, is make clear that the process itself is important and arriving at a democratic solution is important which is, in fact, inclusive democratic, peaceful, and rapid.

And I think that the administration has been walking a very delicate line quite well. It's difficult," she observed.

PTI