Egypt protests: US steps up pressure on Cairo

Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has publicly rejected what he calls American attempts to impose its will on the government in Cairo.

He is urging greater patience and says that he is amazed at Washington's demand for an immediate lifting of the state of emergency that has been in place in Egypt for decades.

The United States is being equally blunt as President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, insists the protests will only get bigger unless the pace of reform quickens.

The BBC's Jack Izzard reports.

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