Coordination with EU vital, Egyptian minister says in Berlin
Coordination on Middle East peace moves with the European Union and other states is vital, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Tuesday on a visit to Berlin, dpa reported.
Cairo was still trying to persuade both Israel and Hamas authorities in Gaza to agree to a new truce when the existing one expires this Thursday. Some Palestinian militants oppose extending the truce.
"The region is going through a very, very critical phase," he said after talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. That was why coordination with the West had to be "very close."
The two ministers signed a document on closer cooperation between their countries.
Steinmeier said, "A de-escalation and settlement of the conflict is necessary for the whole region."
He added that Egypt had a key role in efforts to push through a two-state solution, which foresees an independent Palestinian state in peaceful proximity to Israel.