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Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, is visiting Washington for the first time in five years to meet his US counterpart on Tuesday.Change at the White House brings a change in the US approach to Cairo. But as Barack Obama, the US president, stresses diplomacy and dialogue and decided to de-emphasise Bush's pro-democracy policy in Egypt and the Middle East, is there another change that could have an even greater impact on how the two countries relate? Egyptians and close watchers of the country are more interested in the Washington visit of Gamal Mubarak, the president's 45 year-old son and the person many believe will take over from the elder Mubarak in the upcoming 2011 elections.
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On Tuesday's Riz Khan, we look at the changing nature of US-Egypt relations and what may lie ahead if power transfers from father to son. Joining the show to discuss this is Robin Wright, a Washington Post diplomatic correspondent and author, and Hossam el-Hamalawy, a Cairo based journalist and blogger.This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Tuesday, August 18, 2009.