(CNN)-President Barack Obama spoke to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak by telephone and urged restraint Friday night. “I told him he has a responsibility…to take concrete steps that advance the rights of the Egyptian people. I'm calling on Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence on peaceful protesters."
Stating that the White House is "very concerned about violence in Egypt," he continued, “I believe the Egyptian people want the same things as the rest of us...a government that is fair and just and responsible.”
“The U.S. will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people,” he affirmed. "This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise."