Egypt's Sisi discusses reviving ME peace process with advisor to US president Kushner

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Aug 2017

Egypt's Sisi meets advisor to US president Jared Kushner and FM Sameh Shoukry (Courtesey of Egyptian presidency)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met in Cairo on Wednesday with a senior advisor to US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, where they discussed the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Egyptian presidency announced.

El-Sisi told Kushner that Egypt is trying to revive peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, adding that resolving the conflict would create a new reality in the Middle East.

President El-Sisi also told Kushner that Egypt is keen to enhance bilateral cooperation between Egypt and the United States.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Khaled Fawzy.

Kushner is currently touring the Middle East with a US delegation to push forward with efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has broken down since 2014.

The US delegation includes delegation includes Dina Powell, the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy to President Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, the US president's envoy on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The delegation met with the King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman on Tuesday and is set to hold talks with leaders in the Palestinian West Bank, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.

Earlier on Wednesday, Shoukry met with Kushner to discuss ways to "encourage the Palestinian and Israeli sides to resume talks… within a clear timeframe," a foreign ministry statement said.

"[The Egyptian and US officials] agreed on the importance of continuing talks and coordination between Egypt and the United States to push the peace process forward," the statement added.

Cairo supports a two-state solution to the conflict, which would see the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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