Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet France’s envoy for its Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, Pierre Vimont, on Sunday in Cairo, a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry said.
The two officials are expected to discuss the French initiative for an international peace conference to resume Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
Former French prime minister Laurent Fabius stirred Israeli anger in January by proposing an international conference to revive peace talks and saying that France would "recognise a Palestinian state" if peace talks failed.
However, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in March that France would not "automatically" recognise a Palestinian state if the conference fails, AFP reported.
"Nothing is ever automatic. France will present its initiative to its partners. It will be the first step, there is no pre-requisite," Ayrault said in Cairo after a meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is backing the initiative.
France is calling for a greater role for the UN and the international community in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process to encourage both sides to conclude an agreement in the near future.