Shoukry stresses necessity of paving way for negotiations leading to independent Palestinian state

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Feb 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed on Saturday Egypt’s support for the Palestinian cause and the necessity of paving the ground to revive Middle East peace negotiations in order to establish an independent Palestinian state.

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Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh on Saturday 5 February, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian foreign ministry twitter account.

The meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh, held on the sidelines of the African Union Summit, addressed the latest Palestinian developments, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez stated.

Egypt, a regional linchpin, has been in talks with several regional and international players to revive the long-frozen Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Cairo supports the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with international resolutions.

On 20 January, Egypt criticised Israeli authorities’ demolition of a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah as Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from the occupied neighbourhood for the first time in years.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its rejection of new Israeli settlements or expansion of existing ones on Palestinian land as well as evictions of Palestinians.

Shoukry is participating in the 35th session of the African Union Summit that is being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, set to last until Sunday.

The summit will discuss peace and security in the continent as well as means of facing the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic integration, among other issues.

The 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU is being held under the theme “Building Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthen Agriculture, Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development.”

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