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FM Corlatean attends emergency meeting in Brussels on Egypt

Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean attended yesterday an extraordinary meeting in Brussels of European Union foreign ministers.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reported that the meeting was urgently convened by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton following the latest developments in Egypt.
The ministers were expected to analyze the onsite situation and the prospects for the Egyptian crisis.
Talks were supposed to focus on the ways in which the European Union can contribute to making the parties identify a political solution and easing tensions.
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso have recently stated that the EU might reexamine EU’s relations with Egypt if violence continues there.
Last week, France’s President François Hollande, Germanys’ Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron had a phone conversation in which they urged the EU member states to come up with a storm European message in the case of the Egyptian crisis.
One of the options mentioned was suspending financial aid to Egypt, as the EU in late 2012 approved a 5-billion-euro aid programme for Egypt for 2012-2014, 2 billion euros of which came from the European Investment Bank and 2 billion euros from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Denmark last week announced it will suspend its 4-million-euro a year aid to Egypt, calling on its European partners to follow suit.
In her turn, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned a halt on arms supply to Egypt.
The EU is hoping additional cutbacks could help end a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood by the Egyptian Government that has left 800 dead so far.
The US last Thursday announced it is cancelling joint military exercises with Egypt, without halting military aid to this strategic Middle East ally.

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