Egypt

    Egypt urged Europe on Jan. 25 to help with fast reconstruction aid for the Gaza Strip and to put pressure on Israel to quickly reopen border crossings. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said after talks with European and Palestinian counterparts in Brussels he hoped an international donors' conference could be staged for Palestinian reconstruction by Feb. 28. He also said he hoped a united Palestinian government could be established to deal with funds raised. (Reuters)

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