UN official to travel to Egypt

Jeffrey Feltman will meet with all sides in the Egypt crisis.

The United Nations, UN, is sending its political affairs chief to Egypt next week to meet with a range of officials on the ongoing violence following the army’s ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last month.

UN officials said the trip by Jeffrey Feltman, UN under secretary-general for political affairs and former top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East will help the world body work out how to respond to the Egypt crisis.

“The schedule is still being worked out. Feltman intends to meet with a range of interlocutors, inside and outside the government, including the Muslim Brotherhood”, the UN said.

Mr. Feltman will also go to several other countries in the Middle East for consultations following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region this week, according to the UN statement announcing the trip.

:Feltman will report to the secretary-general who will take Feltman’s advice into consideration and decide what the next steps are,” UN spokesman, Eduardo del Buey, said.

Protests by supporters of Mr. Morsi turned violent in Egypt on Friday, with witnesses reporting four dead in Cairo and at least 12 killed in northern cities as the Muslim Brotherhood staged a “Day of Rage.”

The violence followed Wednesday’s assault by government security forces on two Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo that left hundreds dead as security forces tried to end the weeks of turbulence following the toppling of Mr. Morsi on July 3.

The UN Security Council urged all parties in Egypt on Thursday to end the violence and exercise maximum restraint.

The 15-member council was briefed on the situation in Egypt behind closed doors by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

During Feltman’s visit to Egypt, he will listen to a diversity of viewpoints about the crisis and the way forward”, the UN said.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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