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Egypt, Palestine to convene Arab League anti-occupation committee

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Sunday with his Palestinian counterpart as well as a French envoy to discuss ways to jump start the peace process

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Apr 2016
Foreign minister Sameh Shoukry (R) during talks with Palestinian counterpart Riad Al-Malki in Cairo, Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Photo: Egypt's Foreign Ministry)
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Egypt and Palestine have agreed to convene an urgent meeting of an Arab League anti-Israel committee, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Monday.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with his Palestinian counterpart Riad Al-Malki in Cairo on Sunday, in which they discussed "regional and international propositions to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process," a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Both leaders agreed to hold an urgent meeting of the committee in order to discuss moves towards Arab-Israeli peace and curbing Israeli settlement activity.

The meeting will result in "a unified Arab vision for necessary steps needed to back the Palestinian issue, revive the peace process and put an end to Israel's settlement policy," spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid added.

The pair also discussed France's recent efforts to lobby for an international peace conference, slated to take place before May, that would bring in key players to end decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Also on Sunday, Shoukry met with France's Middle Ease peace envoy Pierre Vimont, a former French ambassador to the United States, to discuss Paris' efforts to prepare for the conference.

During the talks, Shoukry urged the need for "results guaranteeing a two-state solution, restoration of the legitimate rights of Palestinians, as well as the implementation of relevant intentaional resolutions."

In November 2014, the French parliament backed a motion to recognise a Palestinian state automatically peace process remained in the deadlock, a stance that had worried Israel at the time. 

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