World Bulletin / News Desk
UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is due to arrive in the Egyptian capital later on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian officials in hopes of easing the unrest currently engulfing the country.
The visit comes as Egypt descends into violence following deadly crackdowns last week on two large sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
A security source at Cairo International Airport told Anadolu Agency that Feltman was expected to arrive in Cairo on Tuesday from Amman on a Jordanian airline.
Earlier this week, a high-profile diplomatic source at the UN told AA from New York that the visit aimed to examine the possibility of the international body helping rival factions in Egypt find a solution to the current crisis.
"Feltman's visit was scheduled before the recent incidents in Egypt as part of a tour that also includes Israel," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
"Following the latest developments, the importance of the visit has increased," he said.
UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey said that Feltman hoped to meet with a range of interlocutors, both inside and outside the government, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
"Feltman will report [on the Egyptian crisis] to the secretary-general, who will take Mr. Feltman's advice into consideration and decide what the next steps should be," del Buey said.
The source added that Feltman's itinerary was still being worked out, but stressed that meetings with Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and army chief and Defense Minister Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi were both on the agenda.
He also asserted that the visit had no connection with an emergency session of the UN Security Council held Thursday to discuss the situation in Egypt.
Following the meeting, council members urged all parties in Egypt to exercise maximum restraint.
Meanwhile Argentina's ambassador to the UN Maria Cristina Perceval said "The view of council members is that it is important to end violence in Egypt and that the parties exercise maximum restraint."
"Members first of all expressed their sympathy to the victims and regretted the loss of lives," she said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 16:24