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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo Egypt's recently appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq speaks to the media at the Ministry of the Interior in Cairo, Egypt. With the crisis in Egypt at hand American telephone diplomacy with a small cadre of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's closest advisers is key to a U.S. hoped-for transition to democracy in Egypt, where smothered political opposition leaves no clear alternative to the U.S. for a bargaining partner. Shafiq, 69, and a fomer Air Force chief, is a key figure in this diplomacy.