Vice President Rules Out German Exile: Mubarak Rejects Offer of Medical Treatment in Germany
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has rejected an offer to put him up in a German luxury clinic to provide him with a dignified exit from power. He doesn't need medical treatment, his vice president said. US and German conservative politicians had been floating the possibility of a hospital stay.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will not travel to Germany for hospital treatment, Vice President Omar Suleiman said on Wednesday, quashing rumors that the 82-year-old ruler might make an honorable exit by spending time in a German luxury clinic.
"We are grateful for the offer from Germany, but the president does not require medical treatment," Suleiman said.
German politicians had proposed that Germany could host Mubarak, at least for a time, in a move that could speed up his departure from office. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, preliminary talks had already been taking place with suitable clinics in Germany. The Egyptian leader has received treatment in German for medical conditions in the past.
At a meeting with the editors of several newspapers on Tuesday evening, Suleiman had once again ruled out that Mubarak would resign.
The official Egyptian news agency Mena cited Suleiman as saying that Mubarak was in good health and that there had not been any discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel "about anything." He added that Merkel had interfered in Egypt's domestic affairs with her comments about the crisis.
cro -- with wire reports
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