Palestinian reconciliation necessary for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks: Egypt's Sisi tells WJC head

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Jul 2018

Achieving reconciliation between Palestinian factions and restoring political legitimacy in the Gaza Strip would ‎help advance efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and reach a just ‎solution to the Palestinian issue, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told President of the ‎World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder during a meeting in Cairo, according to a statement by presidential ‎spokesman Bassam Radi on Sunday.‎

The meeting, which was also attended by General Intelligence ‎Service Chief Abbas Kamel, tackled the Mideast peace process and the ongoing efforts ‎to resume talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, with the aim of reaching a fair solution in ‎accordance with international terms.

Last week Egypt announced that it rejects a newly passed Israeli law that defines ‎Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people" and rules that only Jews have the ‎right to self-determination in the country, saying the law “solidifies the concept of ‎occupation and apartheid”. ‎

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the new law undermines the chances of ‎achieving peace in the Middle East or reaching a fair solution in the Palestinian issue.‎
Egypt has repeatedly voiced its support for a two-state solution based on the 1967 ‎borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.‎

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