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Egypt FM Shoukry heads to Israel

The first visit for an Egyptian foreign minister to Tel Aviv since 2007, Shoukry's visit aims to give a push to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Jul 2016
Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
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Egypt's foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, is heading to Israel on an important visit aiming to push the Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced on Sunday.

The official spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said that Shoukry would hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on reviving the peace process.

This is the first visit for an Egyptian forign minister to Tel Aviv since 2007.

The talks will also focus on bilateral relations and regional developments, Abu-Zeid added.

"The timing of the visit is very important as it comes after the call of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to revive the peace process and the visit of Foreign Minister Shoukry to Ramallah on 29 June," Abu-Zeid said in the statement issued on the visit.

Egypt is currently supporting the Paris peace initiative aiming to revive negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis.

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