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Egypt's FM Shoukry rejects Israeli minister's call to resettle Palestinians in Sinai

Speaking on Amr Adib's TV show on Monday, Shoukry rejected calls from Israeli Minister of Social Equality Gila Gamliel for Sinai to be transformed into a Palestinian state

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Nov 2017
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo:AFP)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has criticized Israeli Minister of Social Equality Gila Gamliel for issuing a statement calling for an alternative Palestinian state to be established in the Sinai Peninsula, saying that Egypt firmly rejects any kind of "talk or thoughts" that undermine Egypt's territorial sovereignty.

In a phone interview on Monday with host Amr Adib on his TV show Kol Youm (Every Day), Shoukry said that Egypt has conveyed its rejection of such statements to the Israeli ambassador in Cairo.

During a televised discussion over the situation in Sinai, Adib raised the issue of Gamliel's comments, which she made earlier this month.

Shoukry firmly rejected the Israeli minister's ideas on resettling the Palestinians, but added that her comments were made a long time ago.

He denied that the Israelli ambassador had been summoned in response to Gila's comments.

"The Egyptian land in Sinai, which was watered with the blood of our sons and martyrs, is not something that can be given away or allowed to be attacked," Shoukry added.

Egypt has consistently maintained its support for a two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict along the 1967 borders.

Earlier this year, the spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that the issue of "resettling of Palestinians" in Egypt's Sinai has never been on the table in discussions between Egypt and any Arab or international officials.

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