Clinton Tours Tahrir Square In Push For Reform

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is touring Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocratic leader last month.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby in Cairo March 15, 2011. Clinton arrived in Egypt on Tuesday in the highest-level visit by a U.S. official since Hosni Mubarak, long a Washington ally, was toppled from power by a mass uprising last month.

CAIRO – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is touring Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocratic leader last month.

Clinton made an unscheduled stop to the site Wednesday during a two-day visit to Egypt aimed at encouraging the Egyptian people and their transitional leaders to hold true to the ideals of democratic reforms that propelled the revolution. Clinton is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last month and she has pledged America's support for the transition.

She's meeting with Egypt's army chief and prime minister before heading later Wednesday to Tunisia, where she will be bringing the same message. The success of Tunisia's anti-government protests in January fueled similar revolts across the Arab world.

AP