Sisi, Kerry discuss regional issues, reviving Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 May 2016

During their meeting in Cairo, Kerry expressed his appreciation for Sisi's recent comments concerning reviving the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meeting with US State Department John Kerry in Cairo on Wednesday May 18, 2016 (Photo: Handout Egyptian Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in regional crises and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a statement by the Egyptian presidency read.

In an official one-day visit with the Egyptian president, Kerry expressed the US willingness to deepen strategic cooperation with Egypt to achieve common interests.

The meeting was attended by US ambassador to Cairo R. Stephen Beecroft and Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry.

According to the spokesperson to the Egyptian presidency Alaa Youssef, Egypt expressed its wish to coordinate and consult with the US on issues and developments concerning the Middle East.

Kerry expressed hopes to enhance stability and security in the region through consultation on various regional issues with Egypt.

The officials discussed mutual cooperation in political and economic fields as well as the fight against terrorism and recent developments in the conflicts in Syria and Libya.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kerry expressed his appreciation for El-Sisi's recent statements calling for a revival of the peace process.

Kerry endorsed the Egyptian president's "leadership role and his keenness to contribute for a solution for the issue."

El-Sisi addressed in a speech on Tuesday Israeli and Palestinian leaders, stressing that peace, prosperity and cooperation will only take place if both parties are able to reach a two-state solution.

El-Sisi recalled the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and the positive outcomes accomplished in the peacemaking process between the two countries, calling on the Israelis and the Palestinians to seize the opportunity to bring security and hope to both countries. 

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