Washington (Agencies): The US has hinted at its backing for a more deliberate approach to political deals in Egypt with White House saying its key ally faces a bumpy process in its transition to a multiparty democracy.

Even as he repeated the US persistence on meaningful change in Egypt, White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Cairo should "outline a series of steps and a timeline that the Egyptian people are comfortable with”.

Gibbs’ previous statement that reforms should take place immediately contradicted his recent statement where he said, "This is a process that is going to be at times bumpy, because when for 28 years you have had one leader, without ... really a robust opposition, it's going to take some time to work this stuff out."

In a brief informal exchange with reporters, Obama said: "Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path and I think they are making progress."

Later, Gibbs added that finally it was up to the Egyptian people to assess how much progress was taking place, saying: "Words are not enough. It is actions toward a meaningful change that the Egyptian people are most looking for."

The US State Department also said the Egyptian talks needed to be more inclusive with spokesman PJ Crowley advising "major figures in Egyptian society" had not been invited. He didn't mention any groups or individuals by name.

At the same time, Crowley said opposition groups and protesters should test the government's motives in the talks.

"There are people who are holding the transition process at arm's length because they don't believe it's going to be credible," he stated.

"Our advice would be to test the seriousness of the government and those who are participating to see if it can deliver, and from this people have confidence that change is actually going to occur."

Mubarak for probe into Cairo clashes


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ordered to form an independent commission to investigate clashes between his supporters and protesters in Cairo last week that killed at least 11 people.

According to information, Mubarak said the commission must be fully independent and "comprise people who are known in Egypt as decent and trustworthy."

The President asked the commission to probe "the facts of unacceptable violations committed against the protesters".

Anti-government protests that broke out on January 25 turned violent on February 1 at Cairo's Tahrir Square, the main focus of the protesters demanding Mubarak’s expulsion after his 30-year rule.

Thousands of Mubarak supporters reached at the square, riding horses and camels to clash with the protesters. The army has sent tanks and a helicopter to the square in anticipation of turmoil.

However, the recent developments in Egypt indicate a slight return of stability after two weeks of unrest. Mubarak on Monday shortened a night curfew in the country by one hour.