Egypt's Sisi to meet Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Feb 2017

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Egypt's Presidency)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan Tuesday afternoon in Cairo to discuss several regional issues.

The two counterparts will discuss strengthening cooperation as well as regional issues of common interest, namely the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the upcoming Arab League summit to be held in Jordan in March.

El-Sisi will receive the Jordanian king, who is on a one-day visit to Egypt, at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis. The king's last official visit to Egypt was in August 2016.

The Egyptian presidency released a statement late Sunday saying Cairo is making every effort to achieve a just and permanent resolution to the Palestinian issue based on a two-state solution.

The statement came only hours after Israeli newspaper Haartez reported on an alleged secret meeting in Jordan in February 2016 between El-Sisi, Abdullah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and senior US officials to discuss the future of a possible Palestinian state.

"Egypt supports the right of Palestinians to have an independent state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said in the statement.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Jordanian king 6 February in Amman, where he delivered a message from the Egyptian President.

Before the Egyptian FM's visit, on 2 February, King Abdullah visited the United States where he met with US President Donald Trump and a number of US senior officials. The Jordanian king was the first Arab World leader to meet with the newly-inaugurated US president. 

In January, El-Sisi was officially invited by King Abdullah to attend the next Arab League summit in Jordan.

The league's 28th session will be the second such summit attended by El-Sisi since he came to office in 2014.

The Egyptian president was represented by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail at the league's 27th session in Mauritania in March 2016, which hosted only a limited number of Arab leaders.

Egypt hosted the Arab League's 2015 summit in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, at which time El-Sisi proposed the creation of a joint Arab military force.

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