Egypt's Sisi discusses Palestine, Jerusalem developments with President Abbas

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Dec 2017

According to Palestinian news agency WAFA, the two leaders discussed the status of Jerusalem ahead of US President Trump's planned recognition of the city as the capital of the state of Israel

Sisi and Abu Mazen
A file photo of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Egypt's Presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi spoke by telephone on Wednesday with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, discussing the latest developments in Palestine, the revival of the stalled peace process, and the status of the disputed city of Jerusalem, according to official media statements.

The Egyptian president's office said that President El-Sisi reaffirmed Egypt's continued support for an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international resolutions. The two leaders also agreed to continue coordination and consultation regarding developments in Palestine, the statement said.

Meanwhile, WAFA, the news agency of the Palestinian Authority, said El-Sisi and Abbas discussed the latest developments concerning the city of Jerusalem. US president Donald Trump is expected to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday.

Egypt has maintained its position regarding the need for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue, with East Jerusalem recognized as the capital of the Palestinian state.

Abbas also held telephone calls with other regional and international leaders on Wednesday, discussing the status of the city. They included Saudi King Mohammad bin Salma, French President Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.


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