Schwarzenberg visits Cairo for talks on Gaza

Representing the Czech presidency of the European Union, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, has made an unexpected visit to Cairo to hold discussions with his Egyptian counterpart on the situation in Gaza. Mr Schwarzenberg and Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit were expected to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip and the chances of a cease-fire, developments that could follow a cessation of hostilities, and the provision of humanitarian aid. Egypt is attempting to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group which controls Gaza. Mr Schwarzenberg said the EU fully backed efforts for an immediate cease-fire in the strip. Earlier this month he led an EU delegation to the region, holding talks with representatives of Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

Author: Ian Willoughby