Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

 “The resignation of President Mubarak appears to meet the first demand of the Egyptian people, but success can only be gauged by how the process of transition moves forward. The primary goal is the creation of a civilian democratic government that reflects the desires of the Egyptian people. The resignation of President Mubarak is just one step in that process.

“Egypt must now move forward in creating a civilian led government that incorporates the reforms demanded, and deserved, by the Egyptian people.  I hope that the relationship between the U.S. military and the Egyptian military that has provided such a valuable channel of communication will continue and will help reinforce the need to continue to transition to a civilian-led, stable, democratic government.”