President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, in Cairo on Thursday, for discussions on the latest developments in the peace process in the Middle East, as well as some aspects of Egyptian-American relations.
According to a presidential statement, El-Sisi said that Egypt and the United States have strategic relations, stressing the importance of strengthening the frameworks for mutual bilateral cooperation to develop these relations in all fields.
El-Sisi said the challenges the region is witnessing require more coordination and regular consultation between the two friendly countries, especially with regard to pushing efforts to reach political solutions to the crises that plague the region, as well as confronting the threat of terrorism and extremist ideology.
The statement said that Lauder hailed the distinguished relations between the two countries at various levels, expressed appreciation for Egypt's role in establishing peace and stability in the Middle East under the leadership of El-Sisi, in addition to confronting terrorism and extremist ideology, and promoting the values of tolerance, peace and coexistence.
Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in the statement that the meeting, which was attended by the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel, touched upon the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.
In this regard, El-Sisi stressed the importance of pushing international efforts towards resuming negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, with the aim of a just and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian cause in accordance with the constants of international references.
This, the president said, would open horizons of stability, prosperity and peaceful coexistence for all the peoples of the region.