Cairo: On a tour to revive US contacts with new regimes sprouting in the Arab region, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, in Egypt, extended Washington's full support in the nation's march towards full-fledged democracy.

First highest level American leader to visit Egypt after the recent uprising, Clinton described the largest Arab country as the "new Egypt" telling cheering crowds that "this moment history belongs to you".

"Today, Egypt is rising. Egypt, the mother of the world, is now giving birth to democracy," Clinton said.

Seeking to set up ties with new leaders, the US Secretary of State visited the Cairo's now famous Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's long time autocratic leader last month.

"This square is great reminder of the power of the human spirit and desire for freedom, human rights and democracy," Clinton said describing it a thrilling to be "where it all happened".

The US Secretary of State whose visit to Egypt comes just ahead of Saturday's proposed referendum on constitutional reforms and holding new presidential elections met the country's new prime minister as well as army chief before heading for Tunisia which was also rocked by similar revolt.

Speaking at a joint press conference with her Egyptian counterpart Nabil el-Arabi, the American leader said of the revolution "This is your achievement and you broke barriers and overcame obstacles to pursue the dream of democracy".

Meanwhile, an Egyptian group has condemned Clinton's visit. The Coordinative Committee for the People of the Egyptian Revolution condemned the US policies on Egypt in the past decades.

The committee urged the US administration to apologise for the Egyptian people for its policies in the past decades.

(Agencies)