Sisi, Netanyahu vow full coordination to investigate border incident

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Jun 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Saturday’s deadly exchange of gunfire between border guards in a phone call Tuesday, emphasizing the importance of full coordination to determine the circumstances behind the incident.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L). Compiled photos from Reuters


During the phone call, initiated by Netanyahu, they reiterated their unwavering determination to continue their work and coordination within the context of their bilateral relations, according to Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.

Both leaders emphasized their shared commitment to pursuing a fair and comprehensive peace, while steadfastly preserving stability in the region, as further affirmed by the spokesman.

Egypt and Israel have initiated a joint investigation to address the gunfire incident, which led to the unfortunate deaths of an Egyptian border security personnel and three Israeli forces in the early hours of Saturday.

Additionally, two Israeli soldiers sustained injuries in the incident.

The Egyptian Armed Forces’ Spokesman, Gharib Abdel-Hafez, clarified that the exchange occurred as the Egyptian personnel was in pursuit of drug smugglers crossing the border.

In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said the Egyptian border incident is “serious and unusual and will be thoroughly investigated.”

“Israel sent a clear message to the Egyptian government: we expect the joint investigation to be exhaustive and thorough,” he added.

On Saturday, Egypt’s Minister of Defence and Military Production Mohamed Zaki discussed the circumstances that led to the incident with Israeli Minister of Defence Yoav Gallant.

In a phone call, the two ministers discussed coordination to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future, according to the Egyptian military spokesman.

The two countries have reached an agreement to bolster border security by increasing the deployment of surveillance cameras and towers.

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