A former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Frank Wisner, will meet with officials from the Egyptian government and talk to public representatives amid the current unrest in the country, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said.
Egypt has been engulfed in violent protests since January 25 against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year regime, with demonstrators demanding economic and political reforms. Some 150 people have been killed and another 4,000 have been injured, according to Al-Jazeera TV channel.
"Frank Wisner, who is a former ambassador to Egypt, travels frequently to Cairo, and given his expertise, we have asked him to add his perspective to our analysis on current developments. He has traveled to Cairo, is on the ground now, and we look forward to hearing his views when he returns," Philip Crowley told a daily press briefing.
"He knows some of the key players within the Egyptian Government, and we thought it was useful for — but both him to have the opportunity to interact with people within Egyptian society, and then we'll look forward to hearing his perspective on what's happening," Crowley said.
Wisner, 72, is a retired diplomat and he occupied the position of the United States ambassador to Egypt between 1986 and 1991.
WASHINGTON, February 1 (RIA Novosti)