Published: Feb 08, 2011 9:38 PM EST
Updated: Feb 08, 2011 6:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has spoken to his Egyptian counterpart to reiterate the U.S. call for a transition in Egypt that is "prompt, meaningful, peaceful and legitimate."

Biden also urged in the call with Omar Suleiman that the transition produce immediate and irreversible progress responding to what the Egyptian people want. And Biden expressed the belief that "meaningful negotiations" with the government can meet the demands of the opposition in Egypt.

That runs counter to demands of many protesters in Egypt who say they cannot negotiate with the government while President Hosni Mubarak remains in power. The U.S. has never called for Mubarak's resignation and now appears to be increasingly endorsing negotiations headed by Suleiman, a Mubarak ally, which some protesters say fall far short of what is needed.

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