U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's interim government to stay true to the ideals of democratic reforms that gave rise to the nation's history-making revolution.
"Today, Egypt is rising. Egypt, the mother of the world, is now giving birth to democracy," Clinton said during her two-day visit to the North African nation.
"The pyramids are magnificent, but nowhere near as magnificent as what you have already done," she told American and local Egyptian employees at the U.S. Embassy.
Clinton asked them to guard the achievement so that "no one is permitted to hijack this revolution, no one is permitted to turn the clock back on this revolution, no one is permitted to claim it for only one group of Egyptians and exclude other Egyptians."
However, some young opposition leaders refused to meet with America's top diplomat because she once supported the nation's ousted leader, Hosni Mubarak.
Meanwhile, protests have not been as successful in Libya. Dictator Moammar Gadhafi has reclaimed nearly all the territory lost to rebels during recent fighting.
Later Thursday, the U.N. Security Council authorized "all necessary measures" to stop Gadhafi's forces, including strikes by sea and air. A no-fly zone was also issued in an effort to halt the Libyan air force that's been pounding the rebels strongholds with bombs and missiles.