Egypt will not amend ceasefire proposal to end Gaza conflict: FM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo over Gaza situtaion - Screen shot from YouTube
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Egypt will not amend its proposal for ceasefire between Israel and Palestine’s Hamas, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in a Tuesday press conference aired on ONTV channel following his talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Any talks about amending the Egyptian proposal to stop Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip is baseless and do not rely on any evidence,” Shoukry said.

Following the talks that lasted for an hour and a half between Kerry and Shoukry, the latter headed to the presidential headquarters in Heliopolis to attend President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. State Secretary John Kerry to discuss means to end the Israeli military escalation in Gaza Strip.

Kerry arrived Tuesday morning at the Foreign Ministry headquarters amid strict security measures to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian arena in the light of continued Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip. The attacks resulted in the deaths of 583 Palestinians and left 3,640 injured, according to a report issued by the Palestinian Heath Ministry Tuesday.

The Egyptian proposal was requested by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Central Committee of Fatah Movement Azzam al-Ahmad said. Abbas will head to Cairo Tuesday to update the Egyptian side on the latest negotiations between the Palestinian Authority with Qatar and Hamas and the meetings with Hamas leaders, MENA reported.

“The Egyptian proposal was President Abbas’ request since it represented Egypt’s political weight and regional role to support for the Palestinian cause to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people,” Ahmad said Tuesday before heading to Cairo.

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