Ministers weigh E.U. aid, policy on Egypt

Aug 21, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT
Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint during a dawn-to-dusk curfew in the Zamalek district of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are seeking to forge a joint response to the crisis in Egypt which could help to end the violence and promote a return to negotiations.

EU officials say ministers were expected to weigh proposals for halting aid programs and suspending arms shipments in their talks in Brussels Wednesday.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the 28-nation bloc wants to send "a strong signal to Egypt," but called for "realistic expectations."

Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi have killed hundreds of people since last week.

Europe is Egypt's biggest trading partner and a major source of aid, loans and tourists for the country.