File Photo: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated in a phone call on Monday with Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, Egypt’s “unwavering” support for the the Palestinian cause.
Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s support for the “legitimate” rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state on the borders of 4 June , 1967, based on the principles of the two-state solution.
During the call, the foreign minister reviewed with Wennesland recent Egyptian efforts to create an “appropriate” environment to bring the Palestinian and Israeli sides together at the negotiation table, according to a statement issued by Ahmed Hafez, the official spokesperson of the foreign ministry.
Wennesland voiced to Shoukry his aspiration to coordinate with Cairo to push forward the peace process, affirming the significance of Egypt’s role in its support for reaching a “sustainable, just, and comprehensive” solution to the Palestinian issue and achieving the desired peace in the region.
He also praised Egypt’s endeavours to mend inter-Palestinian tensions and help achieve national reconciliation, the statement added.
Cairo has been in talks with several Western and regional parties to restart the frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
In February 2020, Egypt, Jordan, France, and Germany formed the quartet committee on the sidelines of the Munich summit to revive the halted negotiations.
The quartet has held four meetings so far, the latest of which was hosted by Cairo earlier this month, where the foreign ministers of the four countries forged 11 provisions detailed in a joint statement outlining the endeavours to revive the peace process.
A fifth meeting is set to be held in France this year.
Egypt also hosted last week an emergency ministerial meeting for the Arab League, in which a resolution was adopted to affirm Arab support for the legitimate rights of Palestinians and the establishment of an independent state based on the 1967 borders.
On 8,9 February, Cairo hosted two-day talks dubbed the ‘National Palestinian Dialogue’, which brought together various Palestinian factions with the aim of ending inter-Palestinian differences and guaranteeing the success of the long-awaited elections scheduled for later this year.
Egypt is set to host another round of the National Palestinian Dialogue in March to further discuss the upcoming steps regarding the election of the National Council in Palestine.