Egypt condemns Israeli plan to build new settlements in occupied West Bank

Mohamed Soliman , Tuesday 12 Jan 2021

Foreign ministry spokesperson also said such steps have negative ramifications for the security and stability of the region

Foreign Ministry

Egypt's foreign ministry condemned on Tuesday the Israeli decision to build 800 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, calling it "a new violation of international legitimacy decisions."

The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, expressed  in an official statement grave concern over the consequences of such Israeli steps in "undermining the chances of the two-state solution at a time a number of international parties are exerting tireless efforts to revive the negotiations path between the Palestinian and Israeli sides."

Hafez also said such steps have negative ramifications for the security and stability of the region.

On Monday, the Israeli government approved a plan to construct 800 settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

Egypt has maintained its position of rejecting illegal Israeli 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.

Egypt has recently pushed efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process.

On Monday, Cairo hosted a meeting of Munich's quartet group, a bloc comprising Egypt, Jordan, France, and Germany, which is tasked with reviving the peace process in the Middle East between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed to the quartet group members that "settling the Palestinian issue will alter the reality and condition of the entire region for the better,"

The quartet group forged 11 provisions detailed in a joint statement outlining the endeavours to revive the peace process. 

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