Washington (Agencies): The pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia should be considered as a wakeup call for the Arab leaders and they must do a better job of meeting the needs of people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

"The fact that both Tunisia and Egypt have had this outpouring of frustration by predominantly young people – as far as we can tell, unorganized, undirected -- should send a clear signal to everybody in the region. They have to do a better job of meeting the needs of their citizens," she said.

The Secretary of State was responding to reporters' questions travelling with her on their way back to Washington after attending the Munich Security Conference.

"As you remember, what I said in Doha last month – I could not have been clearer. I did not honestly foresee either Tunisia or Egypt, but I could not have been clearer about our concerns for all of these governments," she noted.
"As I said, it appeared as though their foundations were sinking in the sand, because too many of them have not opened up political and economic space to answer the legitimate concerns of their people," Clinton said.

"In 2011, with so many young people, so few jobs, so much conductivity in communications technology, what worked in the past is not likely to keep working. So I feel that we have been a good friend and a good partner over many years in raising issues that we thought needed to be addressed," she said, adding that her job is to advance the values and the interest and protect the security of the US.

"We are very clear about our values, and we try to define our interests, and we are adamant about our security. So that means that we often deliver messages to countries and governments that we don't agree with and see eye to eye with on every issue. We just had (Chinese President Hu) Jintao in Washington. We made it very clear we don't agree with China on human rights. So we send those messages all the time," Clinton said.

In an interview to the popular National Public Radio, Clinton acknowledged that the leaders of the Arab region are concerned over the events in Tunisia and Egypt.

"They are concerned, like everyone is, about what comes next. And we have said the same things to them that we are saying to you, that we think that this has to be viewed in light of the principles that we have set forth. Some are more concerned than others," she said.

"We believe that democracies are more stable than authoritarian regimes. We believe that economic reform that spreads prosperity broadly among the population, that builds a middle class, that doesn't just enrich the elite -- we believe measures against corruption are necessary to avoid destroying trust between leaders and their citizens," she said.

"We have a very consistent American view of this, in part based on our own history, but also in observing what has happened in other parts of the world. So our message, publicly and privately, has been the same," Clinton said.