Egypt, Jordan, Palestine call for int'l community to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Mar 2022

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held a meeting on Wednesday with his Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts on the sidelines of the 157th ordinary session of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level, in an attempt to revive peace talks and resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian FMs
Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian FMs meet on the sidelines of the 157th ordinary session of the Arab League Council. (Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry)

During the meeting, Shoukry discussed with Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al-Safadi and Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Maliki the latest political developments that Palestine is witnessing, a statement by the ministry said.

The meeting also touched on the most prominent areas of cooperation between Egypt, Jordan and Palestine and ways to further enhance their relations, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

The three foreign ministers stressed the importance of launching serious negotiations between Palestine and Israel in an effort to reach a comprehensive, fair and ever-lasting peace that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, Hafez noted.

The three ministers also expressed their aspiration for the concerned parties to actively engage in the peace process and to work towards addressing everything that undermines the chances of reaching a two-state solution and establishing peace in the region.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt's continued support for Palestine at various levels, and agreed to continue coordination and consultation with all concerned parties during the coming period, according to the statement.

This came ahead of the opening of the 157th ordinary session of the Arab League Council, which was headed by the Lebanese FM, where Arab foreign ministers called on the international community to revive the peace process in accordance with relevant international references and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Ahead of the session, the Ministerial Committee of the Arab foreign ministers conducted a consultative meeting to set the agenda of the 157th meeting of the council. At the top of the agenda were the latest developments of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Turkish interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, and Arab water security.

Russia-Ukraine crisis

In his speech delivered during the session, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Abdallah Bou Habib called for revitalising existing mechanisms for implementing UN Security Council resolutions as regards the Palestinian cause, MENA reported.

Egypt and Jordan have been in talks with regional and international parties to revive the long-frozen talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in accordance with the international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the two-state solution with the aim of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 border, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Bou Habib noted that the conflict in Ukraine has imposed itself on the world, especially as the world has not yet recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

During the session, which came upon a request in February by Egypt, Bou Habib stated that the repercussions of the Ukraine crisis will have a strong impact on the world, especially the Arab region.

This requires more cooperation to provide the minimum level of maintenance for Arab national security, MENA reported him as saying.

On that score, the Lebanese foreign minister called for accelerating steps to formulate a unified Arab position that suits Arab countries to face those challenges.

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