Egypt urges resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to implement two-states solution: Shoukry

Amr Kandil , Friday 23 Sep 2022

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry urged on Thursday the resumption of negotiations in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process to implement the two-states solution.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with representatives of the US Jewish organisations on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UNGA, 22 September 2022. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Shoukry made the call during a meeting with representatives of US Jewish organisations on Thursday on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

The top Egyptian diplomat also discussed a number of global challenges, including climate change, energy and the food crises, with the group.

The meeting affirmed the need for coordination between Egypt and the United States to curb the impacts of challenges facing the region, according to the statement.

Supporting UNRWA

During a ministerial-level meeting for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on Thursday, Shoukry also highlighted the necessity of resuming the Palestinian-Israeli peace process based on the principal of the two-state solution and relevant international resolutions.

Shoukry said Egypt supports all solutions to preserve the current programmes of UNRWA in line with the agency's mandate and the internationally-recognised legal status of Palestinian refugees.

The ministerial-level UNRWA meeting, which was attended by the secretary-general of the UN, delivered a collective political message in support of the agency’s work in light of the critical challenges it faces in secure sufficient funding for its work, Shoukry said.

He hailed UNRWA's role in embodying the international community’s legal and political commitment to the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

Coordinating aid delivery

Meanwhile, at another ministerial-level meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), which coordinates the delivery of aid to Palestinians, Shoukry stressed that Egypt supports the AHLC efforts to deliver aid to the Palestinian people.

The AHLC is a model of effective coordination and consultations among different international parties in providing economic support to the Palestinians, he said.

The committee's work lays an economic foundation that a Palestinian state can depend on as part of the two-state solution, he added.

Shoukry blamed the deterioration in the Palestinian territories primarily on the absence of a political horizon for an establishment of an independent self-sustaining Palestinian economy.

A number of delegations from Arab, Western and European countries as well as representatives of international funding institutions attended the AHLC meeting.

These included EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Establishing an independent state

In a separate meeting also on Thursday with the Palestinian PM Shtayyeh, the Egyptian fopreign minister affirmed the necessity of ending the stalemate in the peace process in a way that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people in establishing their independent state.

For his part, Shtayyeh praised Cairo's support the Palestinian cause, including Egyptian efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation and complete the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians there.

Shtayyeh also praised Egypt’s efforts to push forward the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides through the various international frameworks, including the Munich Group, which met on the ministerial level on Wednesday.

Shoukry meets with the Palestinian PM Shtayyeh

Resolving conflict, stopping unilateral acts

The Munich Group (Munich Format), which consists of the foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan, had stressed during their meeting on Wednesday the need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the two-state solution as “indispensable” for comprehensive regional peace.

In a joint statement, the Informal Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Munich Group called for resuming “direct, serious, meaningful, and effective” negotiations between both sides at the earliest possible point in time.

The group called for refraining from unilateral measures that undermine the two-state solution, especially Israeli settlement activities and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in violation of international law.

The Munich Group also hailed the role played by Egypt and UNSCO in stopping the last round of escalation in and around Gaza, calling on all parties to fully respect the announced ceasefire.

A Cairo-brokered ceasefire between the Israeli and Palestinian sides in Gaza came into effect on 7 August to end three days of renewed conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad in the enclave, with Israeli airstrikes claiming the lives of 43 Palestinians, including children.

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