EU troika to visit Middle East for talks: Sweden

January 2nd, 2009 - 6:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Stockholm, Jan 2 (DPA) The foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, France and Sweden are to visit the Middle East Sunday amid the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas, the Swedish foreign ministry said Friday.Czech Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Sweden’s Carl Bildt are due to begin their visit Sunday in Cairo, a foreign ministry statement said.

On Monday, they are to continue to Jerusalem and then visit Ramallah on the West Bank for talks with some of the Palestinian leaders.

The statement said the foreign ministers may also meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday.

The three countries are the past, present and incoming holders of the rotating European Union (EU) presidency.

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