EU holds emergency talks to plot course on Egypt
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union on Monday holds a first round of emergency talks on the "extremely worrying" bloodshed in Egypt amid warnings the bloc will "urgently review" its ties with the violence-wracked country.
Ambassadors on the bloc's Political and Security Committee were called away from their summer break for talks in Brussels from around 0800 GMT (4pm Singapore time) 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 on the eve of the talks that the 28-nation bloc was ready to 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." "The EU will urgently review in the coming days its relations with Egypt."