Foreign mediation fails to resolve standoff with Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt
CAIRO (AFP) - Efforts by Western and Arab diplomats to mediate an end to Egypt's political deadlock between the interim government and Islamists have failed, the presidency said on Wednesday.
The statement came hours after US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns left Cairo, having made no headway in finding a compromise between the army-installed government and supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi.
"The phase of diplomatic efforts has ended today," the presidency said, referring to mediation by Mr Burns and EU envoy Bernardino Leon, who were among other diplomats who had travelled to Cairo.
"These efforts have not achieved the hoped for results," the statement added.