Egyptian President Sisi meets with Palestinian leader, Libyan PM on margins of Arab summit

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Apr 2018

The meetings came as Arab leaders convened in Saudi Arabia for the 29th Arab Summit, which is scheduled to start on Sunday, with the Palestinian issue and the Libyan crisis among the topics for discussion

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Saturday April 14, 2018 in Damam on the margins of the 29th Arab summit (Photo: Courtesy of the Egyptian Spokesperson Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met late on Saturday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj in Damam, Saudi Arabia, on the margins of the 29th Arab summit.

During his meeting with Abbas, the Egyptian president stressed the urgent need for reconciliation efforts between the Palestinian factions with a view to achieving unity, Egypt’s spokesperson Bassam Rady said.

Egypt has been playing a key role in mediating reconciliation efforts between Palestine’s two rival groups Hamas and Fatah. 

Abbas said during the meeting that he values Egypt's support for the Palestinian cause, adding that Egypt will continue its efforts to restore the legitimate rights to the Palestinian people.

During his meeting with Al-Sarraj and his delegation, El-Sisi called on all Libyan factions to place national security interests above any other political interests, to rebuild the institutions of the state and hold elections this year.

The meeting with Al-Sarraj comes as Egypt continues its mediation efforts between Al-Sarraj government in Tripoli and political forces in the east of the country to preserve the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan state and unify the Libyan armed forces.

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