U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Egypt at the start of a Middle East tour aimed at convincing Arab governments to take a tough stance against a Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Rice arrived in Cairo Tuesday for talks with Egyptian leaders on pressuring Hamas to meet international demands and renounce violence and recognize Israel.
From Egypt, Rice travels to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate. Rice is also expected to use the five-day trip to shore up support for U.S. and Western efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuter.