Egyptian president meets Clinton, Ban in Gaza truce bid

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at sealing a truce in Gaza. 

Mrs Clinton arrived in Cairo and went straight into talks with Mr Morsi and then with Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, while Mr Ban held talks with the Egyptian president. 

Mrs Clinton and Mr Ban have been shuttling between Egypt, Israel and the West Bank in a bid to bolster a proposed ceasefire agreement that Cairo brokered between Israel and the Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip. 

Members of Hamas have been locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo to discuss the terms of the truce. 

The US top diplomat arrived earlier from Israel where she held a second round of talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after travelling to the West Bank city of Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.