File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, January 14, 2015. (Reuters)
Egypt will support initiatives and international efforts to resolve the Palestinian issue, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas during a Cairo meeting on Saturday.
El-Sisi said that Egypt will continue to support initiatives that lead to a fair, comprehensive, and lasting peace solution that would help to establish a Palestinian state in accord with the 1967 borders, which would contribute to a better reality as well as a safer and more stable future in the region.
According to a presidential spokesman, Abbas said Palestine deeply appreciates the "honest" efforts that Egypt is making to reach a peaceful solution for Palestine to prevent bloodshed and preserve the rights of Palestinians.
The Palestinian president also praised the Egyptian leadership's stances, and the efforts made to accomplish peace and establish an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international legitimacy.
He also expressed his appreciation for the historic role played by Egypt in supporting the Palestinian cause, as well as Egyptian sacrifices to reserve the rights of the Palestinian people.
The two leaders also exchanged views on international efforts that have been made recently, headed by the French initiative and the upcoming international support group for peace negotiations that will be held in Paris on 3 June with the participation of 26 countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, and Morocco.
They stressed that the upcoming international support group for peace negotiations would provide a chance for the exchange of viewpoints and the definition of future steps that can be taken.
This is Abbas's second visit to Cairo within weeks of El-Sisi's call for both Palestine and Israel to reach a solution that establishes peace.
Discussions related to the Palestinian issue have been on the rise since the Egyptian president's call in a May speech to Palestinian and Israeli leaders that peace, prosperity and cooperation will only take place if both parties are able to reach a two-state solution.