February 4, 2011 / 10:08 PM / in 7 years

Greek PM says will visit Cairo on Sunday

ATHENS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Friday he would travel to Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Speaking at a news conference after an EU summit in Brussels, Papandreou said his EU counterparts and the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton endorsed his initiative.

“I have decided to go to Cairo, probably on Sunday, to carry there the EU’s spirit and current debate as well as Greece’s thoughts,” Papandreou said in the press conference, broadcast live on Greek television.

“I have informed my (EU) colleagues, they think this is a positive initiative,” Papandreou said, adding that Ashton is informed and will probably also travel to Egypt after his visit.

Papandreou said he spoke on Friday on the telephone with all leading personalities in Egypt, including Mubarak.

“I want to carry a message to President Mubarak and have talks with him,” Papandreou said. (Reporting by Harry Papachristou; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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