Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Cairo Monday

CAIRO: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to arrive in Cairo Monday for Gaza ceasefire talks after visiting Doha based on a Qatari plan, several media outlets reported.

An inside source at Cairo International Airport told Youm7 Monday that Ban will visit Cairo to meet some state officials.

“Ban is scheduled to visit Cairo, Doha, Kuwait, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman as part of a tour to the Middle East,” the U.N. announced in a Sunday statement.

Ban began his visit to the Middle East on Saturday, assistant U.N. Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Friday during a session of the Security Council on the Gaza Strip but did not mention any further details.

Several media outlets reported that Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet will also arrive to Egypt on Monday for three days to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and try to reach a settlement.

On July 15, Egypt launched an initiative aiming to end the attacks between Gaza and Israel after the beginning of the Israeli military’s operation that took the lives of many Palestinians and injured many more but Hamas rejected the initiative.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said they rejected the Egyptian initiative because the Egyptian authorities did not consult with them before announcing their proposal.

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Ghany.

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