Washington–US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging the Egyptian government not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications, including social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
She also said that mass protests have given Egyptian authorities an "important opportunity" to enact broad reforms.
Clinton on Wednesday said that the United States supports the Egyptian people's rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. She said the Obama administration was hopeful that the government would act to meet the "legitimate aspirations" of its people.
Clinton spoke as anti-government protests continued in Egypt with authorities cracking down on crowds.