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Cairo to host quartet meeting on Monday to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace process

The meeting will focus on the peace process in the Middle East as well as ways to tap into the recently-signed normalisation agreements between Israel and the four Arab countries

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Jan 2021
The Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
The Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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The quartet group, comprising the foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, and Jordan, are set to convene in the Egyptian capital on Monday to discuss efforts to revive the frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

According to a statement by the German embassy in Cairo, Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, is scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Sunday evening.

The statement added that the meeting will focus on the peace process in the Middle East as well as ways to tap into the recently-signed normalisation agreements between Israel and the four Arab countries.

The meeting will also deal with the possibility of reaching convergence between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, the statement added.

The embassy added that Maas will hold bilateral discussions with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, on the sideline of the visit as well.

Also, the Jordanian foreign ministry confirmed its participation in the quartet meeting, stating that the Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, is due to leave for the Egyptian capital on Sunday evening.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement that the anticipated meeting, which has been under preparation since December, will include the foreign ministers of the quartet group and their Israeli and Palestinian counterparts.

The statement was released after Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed in two phone calls with his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Al-Maliki, and his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, means to coordinate the next meeting for the quartet group, to revive the peace process.

Monday's gathering is the fourth for the quartet group, which was established on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference held in February 2020.

The four countries met in the Jordanian capital of Amman in September, calling for the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to work on reviving the peace process that has been frozen for years.

In July, the four countries warned Israel against annexing parts of the Palestinian territories, saying that doing so could have consequences on bilateral relations.

Egypt has maintained its position of rejecting illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, as well as its full support for establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital based on the borders of 1967.

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