Sisi to meet with GCC leaders, Jordan King in Abu Dhabi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 Jan 2023

Abu Dhabi is set to host a meeting on Wednesday between Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) leaders, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II, Oman News Agency reported.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zaye
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Alexandria s Ras Al Tin Palace. March 27, 2019.


"The UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has invited Sultan Haitham bin Tarik of Oman to take part in “a fraternal meeting” between GCC leaders, El-Sisi and King Abdullah,” said a statement issued on Tuesday by Oman Diwan of Royal Court and reported by Oman News Agency.

No further details were reported on the meeting.

In July 2022, leaders of Egypt and Jordan participated in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) +3 summit in Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday’s meeting comes a day after a summit that brought together President El-Sisi and King Abdulla with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The trilateral summit called for a stop to the illegitimate and unilateral israeli actions undermining the two-state solution and the chances for achieving fair and comprehensive peace for the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Furthermore, it stressed the need to preserve the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites. The summit also emphasised the designation of the Jordanian Ministry of Endowment and Islamic affairs and Holy Places as the only entity that manages the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s affairs and regulates access to it.

Tensions are running high since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-wing government took power in late December, especially after storming the Jerusalem holy site earlier this month by Israel's minister of national security the ultranationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir. The storming of the holy site, which violates international law, comes amid israeli calls for more annexations of areas in the occupied West Bank.

Jordan, whose Awqaf ministry is the exclusive authority supervising holy sites in Jerusalem, has twice summoned the Israeli ambassador to Amman since the advent of Netanyahu's government. On Tuesday, the israeli ambassador was summoned to protest blocking the Jordanian ambassador to Israel, Ghassan Majali, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by the Israeli police.

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