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Israel main obstacle to Gaza deal: Egypt

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said that Israel was the main obstacle to Egyptian efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2009 07:22 IST

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Saturday that Israel was the main obstacle to Egyptian efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza.

Asked by reporters what the main obstacle was, he said "Israeli intransigence," adding: "Israel is drunk with power and violence."

Egypt has been holding separate meetings with representatives from Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza in a bid to broker a truce.