CAIRO, July 19 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called Saturday for an 'urgent' truce in Gaza, Egyptian state-run Nile TV reported.
"The absolute priority is a ceasefire, but it must guarantee a lasting truce", Fabius said at a press conference in Cairo, adding that it should consider both "Israel's security" and the Palestinian demands.
Fabius stressed the French government's full support for Egypt 's truce proposal.
The truce plan, which Egypt proposed last Tuesday, calls for a cease-fire followed by indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas.
But Hamas insists on negotiating demands such as a guarantee to lift the blockade on Gaza's border crossing before it stops rocket fire.
Fabius said he would continue making contacts with Turkey, Qatar and any other party who can help stop the violence in the enclave.