Brussels - European Union foreign ministers are seeking to
forge a joint response to the crisis in Egypt which could help to end the
violence and promote a return to negotiations.
EU officials say ministers were expected to weigh proposals
for halting aid programmes and suspending arms shipments in their talks in
Brussels on Wednesday.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the 28-nation
bloc wants to send "a strong signal to Egypt", but called for
Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of
deposed President Mohammed Morsi have killed hundreds of people since last
Europe is Egypt's biggest trading partner and a major source
of aid, loans and tourists for the country.