17 November 2012

Egypt Urges Countries On Good Terms With Israel to Press for Halt of Offensive

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has urged countries that have strong ties with Israel to exercise pressure on Tel Aviv to stop its assault in Gaza.

It is an unacceptable criminal operation, Amr said Saturday about Israel's offensive. He had just emerged from a meeting with his visiting Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

Replying to a question about measures that should be taken had Israel decided to launch a ground military operation in Gaza, Amr said that he is in contact with top diplomats of several countries in a bid to find a solution to the crisis.

Just yesterday Amr was on the phone with 11 of his counterparts, including those of the US, UK, Britain, Brazil and Argentina.

Arab foreign ministers are also meeting today for further talk on Gaza, Amr added.

Asked to comment about Prime Minister Hisham Qandil"s visit to the besieged enclave yesterday, Amr said it was a very important visit that reflected strong relations between the Egyptian people and Gaza residents.

Qandil's visit was a solidarity one, the foreign minister said, adding "I think the message was very clear."

The Egyptian people do support the Palestinians and are sure against any ban on humanitarian assistance to Gaza, Amr noted.

Amr's talks with Davutoglu earlier today also focused on the situation in Gaza. Cairo and Ankara strongly condemn the Israeli aggression that should stop immediately, Amr told reporters.

He added that the talks also tackled bilateral relations, especially that the two countries will sign 27 cooperation agreements in the fields of economy, trade and culture.

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