Egypt presses for more efforts to support Palestinians, maintain truce

MENA , Tuesday 6 Sep 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi asserted that Egypt continues to offer all possible support to the Palestinian issue, he said during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Ittihadiya Palace on Tuesday.

Mahmud Abbas   Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
(From L to R) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas being received by Egypt s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. AFP


El-Sisi reiterated Egypt's support for realising the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people in accordance with the principles of the two-state solution and establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders in addition to maintaining the truce in Gaza Strip.

The meeting was held in the presence of Head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh El-Maliki, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Hussein El-Sheikh, Head of the Palestinian Intelligence Service Maged Farag and Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Diab El-Louh.

The meeting took up the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, according to a statement by the Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Abbas, on his part, voiced his appreciation for the strenuous efforts exerted by Egypt in backing the Palestinian issue, praising its historical role in this regard with the aim of reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

He also asserted that Egypt's support reflected the outstanding depth of Egypt-Palestinian relations and the bonds between the two peoples.

He also noted that he has always been keen on consulting El-Sisi over the latest Palestinian conditions.

The presidential spokesperson also noted that the two presidents agreed on continuing consultations and coordination at the bilateral and multilateral levels to draft a three-way coordination involving Jordan to follow up on future steps and efforts to back the Palestinian issue.

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

In August 2022, Egypt brokered a ceasefire to end nearly three days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. In May 2021, Egypt also brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions after a devastating Israeli onslaught on the strip left hundreds killed and injured and destroyed tens of residential and commercial buildings.

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