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CAIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Cairo made contact with prominent Egyptian political activist Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday to discuss a political transition in Egypt, the U.S. Department of State said.
Mohamed ElBaradei, the retired head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has demanded President Hosni Mubarak quit office and said he was ready to play a role in any shift to a democratic system in Egypt.
"Our embassy in Cairo maintains an active outreach to a wide range of political and civil society representatives in Cairo, and the mission has been especially busy in the last several days to help convey our strong support for an orderly transition," the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
"One such contact was between the ambassador and Mohamed ElBaradei today," it added in the statement sent to Reuters in Cairo, referring to U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey. (Writing by Edmund Blair)