Egypt’s FM, UN envoy discuss creating atmosphere for advancing Palestinian-Israeli peace path

MENA , Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Jun 2022

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with UN Mideast peace envoy Tor Wennesland on Wednesday how to create an appropriate atmosphere to push forward peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis as soon as possible.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with UN Mideast peace envoy Tor Wennesland in Cairo, 15 June 2022. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

According to the Foreign Ministry’s statement, this should be in accordance with legitimate international resolutions based on the two-state solution in an effort to achieve a fair and comprehensive peace.

Shoukry affirmed the importance of breaking the current stalemate and engaging relevant regional and international parties in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, in addition to exerting necessary efforts to achieve the desired targets and cementing the pillars of security and stability in the region.

The top Egyptian diplomat also called for refraining from all measures that undermine chances of achieving peace, reiterating Egypt's unwavering support for the Palestinians’ legitimate rights.

The UN envoy commended Shoukry’s efforts in contacting all concerned parties over the past period, expressing appreciation for Egypt's support for achieving truce, pushing forward Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, and securing the development needs of the Palestinians.

Egypt frequently calls for the creation of an appropriate atmosphere to resume talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, which were stalled in 2014. Based on the two-state solution, Egypt has called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Egypt has intensified its calls for the resumption of the peace process, especially after Israeli assaults in Gaza in May last year left dozens dead, including women and children. Later in May, Egypt brokered a ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the strip and worked on consolidating the agreement against similar escalations.

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