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US President Barack Obama has intensified pressure on besieged President Hosni Mubarak by calling for an "orderly transition" of power in Egypt that "must begin now".
Mr Obama, who spoke to the Egyptian leader for 30 minutes after the latter announced that he would not be contesting elections in September, also praised the Egyptian people for their peaceful and dignified protests.
He pledged continuing US support for the pivotal Middle East nation in the aftermath of its political shift.