Sisi receives Abbas ahead of WYF, affirms Egypt's support to Palestinian cause

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 Nov 2018

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday 3 November 2018 (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi affirmed in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt's firm stance of supporting a two-state solution as part of a just and comrehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement. 

El-Sisi also stressed the importance of "coordinating with the Palesrtinian brothers in order to push forward Palestinian national reconciliation to reach peace," Rady added.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian president expressed his appreciation and gratitude for Egypt's historic, sincere and consistent efforts in supporting the Palestinian cause in order to reach a just and comprehensive solution.

President Abbas is leading a high-level delegation for the opening of the 2nd World Youth Forum (WYF) in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. 

The WYF is set to be held from 3 to 6 November under the auspices of President El-Sisi.

Delegations from around the world started arriving Wednesday to Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport ahead of the WYF. Some 5,000 young people, journalists, public figures, and officials from more than 50 countries across the world are set to participate in this year's edition of the forum.

The meeting between both presidents was attended by a Palestinain delegation as well as Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Head of General Intelligence Abbas Kamel.

El-Sisi and Abbas discussed Palestinian national reconciliation in the light of recent developments in the Palestinian issue, said Rady.  

The spokesman stated that El-Sisi affirmed the Egyptian stance on the Palestinian issue based on the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

El-Sisi stressed to the Palestinian president Egypt's keenness to support the Palestinian efforts to reclaim the rights of the Palestinian people.

Rady added that the two presidents agreed during the meeting to continue intensive consultations in exerting efforts to unify the Palestinian fractions, according to the reconciliation agreement concluded in October 2017, which will contribute to achieving an independent and more stable state. 

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