Egypt: We Will Not Revise Cease-fire Proposal Rejected by Hamas

Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri says Cairo's offer 'provides the needs of all sides.'

French FM Laurent Fabius and Egyptian FM  Sameh Shoukry
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, is accompanied by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry before a news conference at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Friday, July 18, 2014. AP

Egypt does not have any plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end the fighting in Gaza, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukrisaid in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Cairo.

"It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue to offer it, hoping to get their support as soon as possible," said Shukri, referring to the initiative rejected by Hamas.

On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked France to use its influence on Hamas allies such as Turkey and Qatar to help negotiate a cease-fire between the Gaza group and Israel, Fabius said.

"President Mahmoud Abbas asked me to use France's influence with its partners to try to convince Hamas to accept a cease-fire," he said. "With regard to Qatar, I told my counterpart our analysis of the situation and he underlined that, in his opinion, Hamas would need points to negotiate and, in particular, a lifting of the blockade on Gaza to accept a cease-fire."