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Egypt FM meets with Palestinian Authority leader ahead of Sisi, Abbas talks

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Mar 2017
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File photo of a former meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the President's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo the latest developments in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, state news agency MENA reported late Sunday.

Following the meeting, Shoukry said "Cairo works on supporting the Palestinian cause in any way possible to establish the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."

President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi will meet with the Palestinian leader on Monday.

The talks are expected to tackle recent developments and efforts to reach a two state solution, particularly following recent talks with the US administration on the peace process as well as economic, security and humanitarian issues in Palestine .

In the first week of April, El-Sisi will meet with US President Donald Trump, his first meeting since Trump's election.

The Palestinian leader arrived in Cairo early Sunday upon invitation by the Egyptian President for talks ahead of the upcoming Arab League summit in Jordan, scheduled 28 and 29 of March.

Abbas’ visit is part of ongoing discussions between the two sides on various Arab and international issues.

On Thursday, Shoukry and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al-Safadi said their countries are working with the Palestinian Authority to push for the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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