Egypt's FM will fly to Ramallah to renew Cairo's commitment to Palestinian cause

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016

The two sides will discuss calls for a possible Palestinian-Israeli peace conference in November this year following an initiative in Paris earlier this month to organise the talks

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is due to fly to the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah on Wednesday morning in a bid to pursue his country's support for their cause and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

During his visit, Shoukry will deliver a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas of Egypt's backing of Palestine, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Tuesday.

Shoukry will also hold talks with top Palestinian government officials on the outcome of an international ministerial gathering held in Paris earlier this month to revive the quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The officials will also consider recent calls made by Egypt with international officials to discuss propositions to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward.

The Paris conference aimed to lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year, but many doubt whether the initiative will make genuine progress.

Palestinians have welcomed the French initiative but Israeli officials have said an international conference will not work and that only direct talks between the foes can bring peace.


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