Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received in Cairo Thursday White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and adviser Jason Greenblatt to discuss mutual cooperation, counterterrorism efforts and developments in the Middle East peace process.
The meeting was attended by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Egypt’s acting chief of intelligence Abbas Kamel.
The Egyptian president reviewed with the US officials Cairo’s efforts to counter terrorism, as well as efforts to achieve economic and social development, stressing Egypt’s keenness on enhancing strategic ties with the United States to serve the interests of both countries.
On the Palestinian issue, Kushner reviewed US efforts to push forward Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and to improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
President El-Sisi underlined Egypt’s support for international efforts and initiatives aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in accordance with the two-state solution and the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
He also pointed to Egypt’s ongoing communication with involved parties to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations as well as Cairo’s efforts to ensure Palestinian reconciliation and alleviate the humanitarian suffering of people in Gaza, represented by the opening of Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza during the month of Ramadan.
The US officials stressed Egypt’s role as a main pillar of security in the Middle East and its success in maintaining its internal stability despite tense regional conditions.
Kushner also praised Egypt’s remarkable success in implementing its economic reform programme, as well as its counterterrorism and social development efforts, expressing the US administration's support and appreciation for these efforts.