She says within minutes she was taken into a reception room, where Mubarak greeted her. Their conversation took place off camera. Amanpour wasn't available to speak about the experience.
Demonstrators have been pressing for Mubarak's ouster. Everyday life in Cairo has been turned upside down by the largest anti-government protests in Egypt in decades.
Mubarak told Amanpour he'd like to leave office now but fears his country would sink into chaos.