Kerry’s vision for peace process is mostly consistent with Egypt's: Egyptian foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Dec 2016

Egypt’s foreign ministry says the will to implement the principles is key

Kerry and Shoukry
A file photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry (L) speak to the media prior to a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, July 21, 2016. (AFP)

Cairo believes that the principles proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to revive the Middle East peace process are mostly consistent with the Egyptian vision, but it is important that those principles are implemented eventually, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“The principles proposed by Secretary John Kerry are mostly consistent with the international consensus and the Egyptian vision but in the end what is important is the will to implement those principles eventually,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, the ministry spokesman.

Abu Zeid added that the vision proposed by Kerry would need to be fully “studied and evaluated,” revealing that the US Secretary of State spoke with his Egyptian counterpart about “some aspects of his vision” in the recent months during his talks with major international and regional parties involved in the peace process.

In his speech on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry criticisd the government of Benjamin Netanyahu which he said was undermining the two-state solution.

He proposed six principles to relaunch the peace process between Israel and Palestine, including the recognition of the 1967 borders, presenting a “fair, acceptable and realistic” solution for Palestinian refugees, implementing the two-state solution and making Jerusalem a shared capital of both states.

Egypt’s foreign ministry stressed in its statement that the relaunch of the peace process would require huge efforts in the upcoming period, and that “Egypt is ready to participate in that efforts with its regional and international partners, among them the new US administration.”

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday criticised the speech saying he had “different views” to John Kerry. "Israel has been treated very, very unfairly by a lot of different people," he told reporters.


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