Egypt's Sisi and Jordan's Abdullah say two-state solution 'can't be given up'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Feb 2017

The two leaders met in Cairo on Tuesday

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on February 21, 2017, shows Jordan's King Abdullah II (L) shaking hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a meeting in Cairo. (AFP)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II have reaffirmed the two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "an [Arab] national constant".

King Abdullah II arrived in Cairo on Tuesday on an impromptu visit for talks with Egypt's El-Sisi.

A statement by the Egyptian presidency said that the two leaders discussed mutual coordination to reach a two-state solution and establish a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as a capital, which is "a national constant that cannot be given up."

"The two sides also discussed future movements to break the gridlock within the Middle East peace process, especially with US President Donald Trump's administration taking power," the statement added.

At a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, DC, last week, Trump said that he would back a single-state solution if the two sides agreed to it.


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