US lauds Egypt's efforts for Gaza truce

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held talks in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi as part of the top US diplomat's efforts to prop up a ceasefire in place between Israel and the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas group.

Blinken hailed Egyptian efforts to reach and stabilise the ceasefire that went into effect on Friday, ending 11 days of bloody fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, according to an Egyptian official.

At the meeting, al-Sissi also emphasised the importance of working to restart long-stalled direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians "with effective US engagement," the official said.

Blinken flew into Egypt after talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of his current Middle East tour that is also taking him to Jordan.

Egypt and Jordan are traditional regional allies of the US.

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