Egypt’s FM urges int'l, regional parties to push Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward

Amr Kandil , Thursday 9 Sep 2021

The negotiations should aim to reach a comprehensive settlement on the basis of the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital

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From left, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki hold talks in Cairo. Egyptian foreign ministry

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged international and regional parties on Thursday to fulfil their role in providing the proper climate for pushing forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during the coming period.  

As he held consultations in Cairo with his Palestinian and Jordanian counterparts — Riyad Al-Maliki and Ayman Al-Safadi, respectively — Shoukry said that promoting the peace path should achieve the desired security and stability in the region, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s unwavering stance to support the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

The ministers discussed the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and the efforts made during the past period to work on reengaging with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the launch of “serious and constructive” negotiations, the statement read.

The negotiations, Shoukry said, should aim to reach a comprehensive and fair settlement on the basis of the two-state solution and ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Jordanian and Palestinian top diplomats expressed their appreciation for Egypt’s initiative to reconstruct the Gaza Strip and provide developmental aid to Palestinian territories, according to the statement.

They also hailed Egypt’s continuous efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.

Cairo has recently hosted several rounds of talks that included rivaling Palestinian factions — the latest of which was in February — in a bid to achieve intra-Palestinian reconciliation and end political division between Fatah and Hamas.

Thursday’s three-way meeting witnessed discussions on the most prominent regional and international developments and stances towards a number of Arab issues.

The ministers also stressed the enhancement of joint Arab cooperation frameworks and agreed to continue their trilateral consultation in a way that achieves the interests of the three countries and their peoples.

The meeting comes ahead of the 156th ordinary ministerial session of the Arab League Council that is scheduled later on Thursday in Cairo.

The Egyptian-Palestinian-Jordanian consultation also comes only a week after a trilateral summit between the leaders of the three countries that was held in Cairo to discuss the revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and delegations from the three countries took part in the summit.

During the summit, Egypt and Jordan stressed their support to the Palestinian state and Abbas in the face of any unilateral movements that may undermine the Palestinian right to have an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The summit followed a meeting between Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

After the trilateral meeting, El-Sisi had a phone call with his Israeli counterpart, Isaac Herzog, during which they discussed efforts to revive the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, according to the Egyptian presidency.

In May, Egypt sponsored a ceasefire deal between Israel and Palestinian factions to end an 11-day episode of Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip, during which more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children were killed.

Egypt then sent General Intelligence Service Chief Abbas Kamel to visit Tel Aviv and Ramallah – in late May and again in August – to push forward the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and safeguard the Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire in Gaza.

During his visit in August, Kamel met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his national security advisor in Tel Aviv and with President Abbas in Ramallah.


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