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[Published: Friday January 30 2009]

Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction conference


Cairo, 30 Jan-(ANA)-Cairo will host an international conference on March 2 on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, estimated at $2 billion (2bn us dollars) after Israel's 22-day offensive, the Egyptian foreign ministry said today.


"The conference will focus on the requirements of rebuilding in Gaza, ways to do so, and the gathering of necessary funds," a foreign ministry statement said, adding that the meeting would be held on the level of foreign ministers.


The meeting, to be held in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, would also deal with urgent humanitarian support.


Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit has urged Europe to help with fast aid for Gaza, and said a reconstruction conference would require damage assesments and the support of the European Union, the United Nations and others.(ANA)

FA/ANA/30 January 2009---



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