Blinken turns to ‘effective partner’ Egypt to calm Mideast

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has wrapped up a visit to Egypt as he presses ahead with his efforts to shore up a cease-fire that ended an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. Blinken met with Egypt’s president and other top officials before departing to Jordan. Both Egypt and Jordan are close U.S. allies that often serve as mediators between Israel and the Palestinians. Blinken described Egypt, which helped broker last week’s cease-fire as a “real and effective partner.” On Tuesday, held extensive talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.