Sisi, Abbas discuss efforts to reconstruct Gaza Strip in a meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jan 2022

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas discussed efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip during a meeting on Tuesday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting on Tuesday, 11 January 2022, in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency)

President El-Sisi reiterated to Abbas Egypt's "firm" stance in support of the Palestinian cause, emphasising the importance of achieving "a just and comprehensive settlement" to this issue in accordance with international legitimacy.

Egypt is keen to back the current Palestinian diplomatic efforts, internationally and regionally, to encourage the resumption of peace negotiations, El-Sisi stressed to the Palestinian president and his delegation.

President Abbas expressed his appreciation and gratitude for Egypt's "sincere" efforts under the leadership of President El-Sisi to support his country's cause and enable the Palestinians to overcome the various challenges facing their cause.

He also said that Egypt has "a historical role" and "a stable, firm stance" to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, a statement by Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said following the meeting.

In November, Egypt called for the drafting of an “integrated vision” to fulfil the needs of the Palestinian people and help the Palestinian Authority (PA) overcome the economic crisis in the Palestinian territories.

The economic crisis in the Palestinian territories has worsened on the heels of the latest 11-day Israeli war on Gaza in May -- ended by an Egyptian mediation – in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, and delays in the payment of salaries by the PA.

Following the mediation of a ceasefire between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, Egypt allocated $500 million to reconstruct the Strip.

Egypt has also dispatched massive engineering equipment and crews to participate in the Gaza Strip reconstruction alongside tonnes of humanitarian aid.

In November, Egypt and Qatar have signed agreements to supply fuel and basic construction materials to the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli siege since 2007.

El-Sisi and Abbas also spoke about the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, at the local, regional and international levels, Rady noted.

They discussed "recent intensive" regional efforts by Egypt in this regard and reached a consensus on the need to continue intensive consultation and coordination -- with the participation of Jordan -- at the bilateral or trilateral levels in order to revive the peace process, according to Rady.

Egypt and Jordan have been in talks with several international sides to resume the Palestinian-Israeli talks.

Tuesday's meeting, held on the sideline of the fourth edition of the World Youth Forum, was also attended by Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel.

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