A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on September 13, 2021, shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh. AFP
The meeting of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday helped in cementing the truce with the Palestinians, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.
The Egyptian president discussed on Monday the latest developments concerning the Middle East peace process with Bennett. El-Sisi asserted Egypt’s support for all efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East based on the two-state solution and international resolutions in a way that contributes to ensuring security and prosperity in the region.
In statements via telephone to Al-Hayat Al-Youm News Night show on Al-Hayat TV channel, Rady stated that the trilateral summit between Egypt, Palestine and Jordan earlier in September was important and put down a road map for the near future focusing on cementing the truce and stopping violence.
The spokesman added that the summit asserted the importance of intensifying the talks with all the parties including Israel, US, the EU and the quartet (US, EU, UN, Russia) in order to solidify the truce and to support the Egyptian initiative to reconstruct Gaza especially now that the first stage, the removal of debris, is almost over.
“The trilateral summit also asserted the necessity of reviving the peace process by opening extensive communication channels between Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian authority especially since Egypt and Jordan have long experience with Israel,” Rady told the TV show, adding that El-Sisi discussed the revival of the peace process with Bennet.
He added that the current US administration has a reasonable amount of momentum and understanding in listening to the two state-solution based on international laws and resolution which was not available in the previous US administration.
Earlier in May, an Egypt-sponsored ceasefire deal was reached between Israel and Palestinian factions to end the 11-day Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip.
The 11-day assault by Israel was deemed the most vicious since 2014, with Israel launching artillery and air strikes in response to rocket attacks on Israeli towns from the Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.
The Israeli offensive killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, left more than 1,900 injured, and destroyed hundreds of commercial and residential buildings, while the death toll in Israel stood at 13.