CAIRO (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday toured Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocratic leader last month.
"It's just a great reminder of the power of the human spirit and desire for freedom and human rights and democracy," Clinton said. "It's just thrilling to see where this happened."
Clinton smiled and shook hands with the Egyptian citizens who surrounded her during her unscheduled 15-minute walk through the square.
"To see where this revolution happened, after all that it has meant to the world, is extraordinary for me," she said before entering a meeting with interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.
Clinton's two-day visit to Egypt is aimed at encouraging the Egyptian people and their transitional leaders to hold true to the ideals of democratic reforms that propelled the revolution. Clinton is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last month and she has pledged America's support for the transition.
She's also meeting with Egypt's army chief before heading later Wednesday to Tunisia, where she will be bringing the same message. The success of Tunisia's anti-government protests in January fueled similar revolts across the Arab world.
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