Egypt, France FMs urge just solution to Palestinian issue; discuss Libya, Lebanon crises

Ahram Online , Thursday 24 Sep 2020

The Egyptian and French foreign ministers called for protecting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people

Egyptian, French foreign ministers
Egyptian, French foreign ministers

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Thursday for protecting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and working to achieve a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, a statement by the Egyptian side read.

Shoukry arrived in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Wednesday to participate in a quadripartite meeting on Thursday on Palestine with the foreign ministers of Jordan, Germany and France.

During their meeting, Shoukry and Le Drian affirmed the need to advance peace efforts to settle the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution and in line with international legitimacy resolutions, the statement read.

The two-state solution aims at establishing an independent Palestinian state along an Israeli state.

Shoukry discussed with Le Drian Egypt’s efforts to achieve stability in Libya in terms of the political and security situation. He urged joint work to put an end to destructive foreign interference that destabilises the country.

The ministers highlighted the need to provide support to Lebanon and to continue coordination efforts to help the country during its crises.

A massive blast in the capital, Beirut, early in August rendered more than 200 people dead, 6,000 injured, and 300,000 homeless. The blast was caused by the detonation of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical, stored at the city's port.

Shoukry reviewed with Le Drian Egypt’s efforts to revive tourism in a number of Egyptian destinations.

Egypt has resumed international flights in July, after months of suspension over the spread of coronavirus. Egypt has seen a relatively stable number of coronavirus cases over the past weeks.

Shoukry said he was satisfied with the momentum of Egypt-France consultations on all fronts, with the aim of fostering cooperation on development efforts in the region.

Amman FMs summit

The  quadripartite meeting in Amman targeted reaching a comprehensive and fair solution to the Palestinian cause and achieving the two-state solution, Shoukry said at a joint press conference with his French and Jordanian counterparts following the quadripartite meeting.

“We are working on finding new frameworks that attract the participation of [conflict] parties towards greater interaction to push the peace process and reach a formula to end the conflict,” he said.

Shoukry added there is ongoing communication with the Palestinian Authority to bolster efforts aimed at establishing a Palestinian state on the basis of international accords.

He said the meeting was important because it focused on finding suitable means to push peace and open channels of communication between parties to the conflict.

Egypt’s foreign minister stated that the peace accords Israel signed with the UAE and Bahrain are an important development that shall lead to greater interactions and support to reach comprehensive peace in the region on the basis of international legitimacy.

Egypt has welcomed the recent peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain as steps towards bringing peace to the Middle East.

Cairo supports the two-state solution, with East Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and according to UN Security Council resolutions.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its rejection of Israel’s plan to annex the West Bank and called for the revival of the peace process. 

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