Clinton says ceasefire comes at "critical" moment

CAIRO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton said on Wednesday the ceasefire between Israel and the

Palestinians in Gaza had come at a crucial time for countries of

the Middle East.

"This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new

government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that

has long made this country a cornerstone for regional stability

and peace," she said at a joint news conference with her

Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Kamel Amr.

She also thanked Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Mursi

for his mediation efforts and pledged to work with partners in

the region "to consolidate this progress, improve conditions for

the people of Gaza, provide security for the people of Israel".

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