France's President Emmanuel Macron, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and Jordan's King Abdullah II during the summit on Palestine, 18 May, 2021. AP
The leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and France held a trilateral summit in Paris on Tuesday to discuss means to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians as Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip continues for the 9th day in a row.
On Monday, France's President Emmanuel Macron said he would work with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and Jordan's King Abdullah II on a concrete proposal for a ceasefire and a possible path to discussions between Israel and Palestinians.
El-Sisi is in a visit to France, where he attended a conference in Paris on Sudan's transition on Monday, while King Abdullah took part in the summit via video conference.
Since the beginning of Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Egypt has been mediating in an attempt to reach a ceasefire.
An Egyptian delegation, which met with officials from Tel Aviv and Hamas last week, had proposed a ceasefire, but the proposal was rejected by Israel.
The three countries — Egypt, Jordan, and France — along with Germany formed in February 2020 a quartet group, dubbed ‘the Munich Committee’, with the aim of reviving the halted peace negotiations.
The Munich Committee has so far held four meetings, the latest of which was hosted by Cairo in February, where the foreign ministers of the four countries forged 11 provisions detailed in a joint statement outlining the endeavours to revive the peace process.