May 12, 2010 / 6:18 AM / 8 years ago

US urges repeal of Egypt emergency law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House expressed disappointment over the Egyptian government’s decision on Tuesday to extend a longstanding emergency law for two years and said it should be repealed.

“We believe Egypt missed an opportunity today to signal its embrace of ... universal values to the rest of the world, and we again urge the Egyptian government to move quickly to fulfill the previous promises it has made to its citizens,” Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama’s press secretary, said in a statement.

Opponents of the law say it has been used to silence critics of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Successive U.S. administrations have in varying degrees urged Egypt, a U.S. ally in the Middle East, to improve its human rights record.

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