'This Week' Transcript: Crisis in Egypt

AMANPOUR: You don't think it's young people who want their rights, their freedom?

SULEIMAN: I don't think that's only from the young people; others are pushing them to do that.

AMANPOUR: In many parts of the Arab world, there's been no democracy. Do you not think the young people in today's world, connected to the Internet, seeing everything that they see, do you not think that it comes from their hearts?

SULEIMAN: It's (inaudible) talk altogether, but it's not their idea. It comes from abroad.

AMANPOUR: Do you believe in democracy?

SULEIMAN: For sure, everybody believes in democracy.

AMANPOUR: So do you not...

SULEIMAN: But when you will do that, when you would -- when the people here will have the culture of democracy.

AMANPOUR: We know what the opposition wants. What do you want from the opposition?

SULEIMAN: I want from the opposition to understand that, in this limited time, we can do what President Mubarak have -- have said, and we cannot do more, and when new president will come, you will have more time to make any changes you want.

AMANPOUR: What message do you have for the young people who are still standing and still in that Liberation, Tahrir Square?

SULEIMAN: We can say only go home; we cannot do more than that. We cannot push them by force. Everybody has to go home. We want to have normal life. We don't want anybody in the streets. Go to work. Bring back once again the tourists. Go to the normal life. Save the economy of the country.

AMANPOUR: Mr. Vice President, thank you very much for being with us.

SULEIMAN: Thank you.


AMANPOUR: And so now, after these historic talks that have started, will that satisfy the protesters? Will they start to go away from the square? We will ask when we come back Egypt's ambassador to the United States about what the latest meetings mean, and we will also get the view from the White House when our special "This Week" live from Cairo returns.

AMANPOUR: Welcome back to our special edition of "This Week," live from Cairo. With the Egyptian government now meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition leaders, including members of the youth movement, could this be the beginning of the path to political stability?

Joining me now from Washington is Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Sameh Shoukry.

Thank you so much for joining us this morning.

SHOUKRY: Thank you for having me.

AMANPOUR: First of all, Ambassador Shoukry, this is unprecedented, isn't it, the Egyptian government, Vice President Suleiman meeting with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood?

SHOUKRY: Well, it's certainly a very important development, one that indicates a willingness to discuss and continue to -- on the reform process with all segments of the opposition, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

AMANPOUR: So since this political process seems now to be publicly underway, what is the roadmap? Everybody wants to know that.

SHOUKRY: The roadmap continues to be an orderly and meaningful transition to greater democratic reforms, meeting the aspirations of the Egyptian people in terms of their economic well-being, and continuing to prepare for the transition for the next presidential election.

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