Arab officials meet in Egypt over piracy

Representatives of six Arab countries are trying to forge a common strategy against piracy in the Gulf of Aden which threatens a key international trade route through the Red Sea. The emergency meeting Thursday in Cairo will look into several options. Egyptian diplomat Wafaa Bassem who is chairing the meeting, says those include setting up a piracy monitoring center, joint maneuvers by Arab navies, and a warning systems for ships navigating through the Red Sea. Egypt is concerned the piracy surge - especially since the hijacking of supertanker Sirius Star last week - will prompt shipping companies to opt for safer routes that avoid Egypt's Suez Canal. The Suez, linking the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, is Egypt's key currency earner.