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Kouchner considers Israel trip over Gaza violence

Kouchner considers Israel trip over Gaza violence

France's foreign minister says he and President Nicolas Sarkozy are considering the possibility of going to Israel amid European efforts to end the violence in Gaza.
Bernard Kouchner says he and Sarkozy will be in southern Lebanon on Monday, and "we will see if it is possible to go to Israel."
Kouchner chaired an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Paris on Tuesday over the Gaza fighting. The 27 EU nations urged Israel and Hamas to accept an "immediate and permanent cease-fire." France holds the EU presidency until midnight.
Speaking on RTL radio Wednesday, Kouchner expressed hope that Israel does not launch a ground operation in Gaza.
He says a humanitarian truce is not enough and that any cease-fire must be lasting.


Updated : 2020-12-05 01:01 GMT+08:00