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Kerry in talks with Egyptian govt. officials

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been in talks with government officials in Egypt concerning a possible ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas.

Kerry visited Cairo as Israeli forces stepped up their offensive in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

On Tuesday, he met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. Egypt presented a ceasefire plan to both the Israelis and Hamas last week.

Kerry said before the meeting he will seek not only a ceasefire but also a resumption of peace talks. He expressed hope for progress, with help from Egypt.

Shukri said Egypt's proposal is aimed at stopping the violence, and pledged to do whatever he can to realize a ceasefire.

Kerry was scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other officials later in the day.

Hamas previously rejected Egypt's proposal, saying it does not guarantee lifting the economic blockade of Gaza.

Jul. 22, 2014 - Updated 11:30 UTC