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Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian FMs agree to press on with efforts to revive peace process

In a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, the trio called for an effective engagement by international parties in the peace process

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Mar 2021
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Egyptian, Jordanian, and Palestinian foreign ministers have agreed to press on with efforts to create the “opportune” environment to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, calling for “effective” engagement by the international parties in the peace process.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad Al-Malki a consultative tripartite meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo earlier on Wednesday, where they tackled the Palestinian cause and ways to resume negotiations to establish an independent Palestinian state.

The three officials also agreed to coordinate to reach “a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace that guarantees the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state on the borders of June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Egypt and Jordan have been in talks with several Western parties to push forward the peace process. Cairo and Amman have been coordinating at the quartet level with Germany and France, and at the tripartite level with Palestine.

During today’s meeting, the ministers stressed the necessity to build on the “momentum achieved over the last period to make headway in the peace process, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

In February 2020, Egypt, along with Jordan, France, and Germany, formed the quartet committee, with the aim of reviving the halted negotiations.

The quartet committee has so far held four meetings, the latest of which was hosted by Cairo last 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. An anticipated meeting is expected in Paris this year.

Hafez added that the FMs praised the outcomes of February’s emergency meeting, held by the Arab League (AL) in Cairo, where the Arab foreign ministers reaffirmed that the establishment of an “independent and sovereign” Palestinian state will remain the Arab world’s “central and fair” cause.

AL Secretary-General Ahmed Abu El-Gheit said the AL meeting “restored a full consensus over the Palestinian cause with the blessing of Palestine.”

The statement added Shoukry, Safadi, and Al-Malki called, during the meeting, for “ceasing all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

“The settlement activities undermine the chances of reaching a two-state solution; moreover, they represent a violation of international legitimacy and international law resolutions,” the ministers stressed.

Shoukry also voiced Cairo’s support for all exerted efforts by the Palestinian leadership to render the Palestinian dialogue successful. He also hoped that the upcoming elections would contribute to end intra-Palestinian division.

According to an announcement by the office of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in early February, legislative elections would be held on 22 May, followed by presidential elections on 31 July.

Egypt hosted two-day talks dubbed the ‘National Palestinian Dialogue’ in February, which brought together various Palestinian factions with the aim of ending inter-Palestinian differences and guarantee the success of the long-awaited elections scheduled for this year.

Egypt is set to host another meeting of the National Palestinian Dialogue in March to further discuss the upcoming steps regarding the election of the national council in Palestine.

 

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