SHOUKRY: Well, the government is being formed -- the president has indicated a willingness to continue the national dialogue. And, of course, a consensus, a national consensus must be arrived at in terms of the direction of the reform process.
All of these things will be developed within the context of the conversation between various political representatives, those in the media, and other opinion-makers in Egypt. And it is a process that needs to be undertaken with the necessary speed and caution, in terms of impacting the social welfare of the population.
AMANPOUR: You know, so many Egyptian prominent people are leaving, businesspeople are leaving. And as I say again, the mood on the street is uncompromising. Do you expect President Mubarak to stay and battle it out or to leave?
SHOUKRY: People in Egypt have shown during this time a great deal of solidarity, a great deal of desire to see their country develop and prosper. And I believe that every loyal Egyptian will continue to undertake his responsibilities and contribute towards the improvement of his homeland.
AMANPOUR: On that note, Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, thank you for joining us from Washington.
SHOUKRY: Thank you very much.
AMANPOUR: When we return, we'll have much more about what's going on, on the ground, as our special, "Crisis in Egypt," continues.
AMANPOUR: As we've been broadcasting and consistently over the last 30 minutes, Air Force jets have been buzzing the square and the area of downtown Cairo where we are right now. Flying high, flying low, enormous, ear-drum-ripping sounds, potentially probably to intimidate the crowd.
Our producer down there in Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of people are still there, are saying that they are not reacting well to this show of force.
Joined now by Lama Hasan, ABC's Lama Hasan, our colleague who's been here for the last few days.
This is a first, a show of military strength in the air. There's also military helicopters. People are not happy. What have they been saying to you in general over the last few days?
HASAN: It's remarkable, Christiane, because everywhere we went, every protest that we went to, every single protester said the same thing: They've had enough.
They used the word "kefaya" in Arabic. They've had enough of President Mubarak's rule. They say for the last 30 years they've suffered under him. They're tired of the corruption. They're tired of the high unemployment, the soaring food crisis. They told us they just want to live. They want to be able to find jobs. They want to be able to eat. So now they say is the time for change.
AMANPOUR: What -- what we're seeing and what we've seen is a fairly good-natured relationship between the army and the people, apart from those first few days when the police were obviously cracking down. Now it's developed into a better relationship. But this looks like a dramatic raising of tensions with these buzzing of Air Force jets.
HASAN: Well, this certainly is a turn of events. And I think the people will be even more emboldened by this. Some of the protesters that we spoke to yesterday said that they are not going to be deterred, they are defiant, and they're going to stay and protest until they bring down President Mubarak. They've had enough. They say now is the time for change. And they believe they can do it.