Published: Feb 04, 2011 4:10 AM EST
Updated: Feb 04, 2011 1:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is in talks with top Egyptian officials about the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the formation of an interim government that could prepare the country for free and fair elections later this year.

U.S. officials said Thursday the creation of a military-backed caretaker government in Egypt is one of several ideas being discussed as anti-Mubarak protests escalate in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities.

The officials said the United States isn't seeking to impose a solution on Egypt but stressed that the administration had made a judgment that Mubarak has to leave office soon if there is to be a peaceful resolution to the crisis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic talks that are continuing.

The talks were first reported by The New York Times.

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