EU holds urgent talks on Egypt crisis

The European Union (EU) held a first round of emergency talks today on the spiralling bloodshed in Egypt amid warnings the bloc was ready to “urgently review” ties with the country.

Ambassadors on the bloc’s Political and Security Committee were called away from their summer break for talks in Brussels that kicked off today morning after the death toll from five days of violence in Egypt climbed to almost 800.

Warning that further escalation could have “unpredictable consequences” for Egypt and its neighbours, the presidents of the European Council and European Commission said in a rare joint foreign affairs statement issued on the eve of the talks that the 28-nation bloc will review its relations with Cairo.

“Recent developments in Egypt, and more particularly the violence of the last days, are extremely worrying,” Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement. “It is crucial that violence ends immediately,” they added.

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