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Egypt’s intelligence chief holds talks with Israeli defence minister

The intelligence chief and his accompanied delegation is expected to visit Gaza on Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 May 2021

Head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel discussed on Sunday implementing a permanent ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz during his visit to Israel.

The two officials also discussed supporting the Palestinian authority, as well as the prisoners of war and missing persons.

From his side, Gantz thanked the Egyptian intelligence chief and asserted his wish to achieve peace on the long run and asked Kamel to convey his thanks to President El-Sisi for his efforts to restore stability and security in the region, as well as the special security between the two countries.

Kamel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier on Sunday

During his visit, he also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and conveyed to him a message of support from President El-Sisi.

The intelligence chief and his accompanied delegation is expected to visit Gaza on Monday.

On Sunday, Cairo received Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in a visit that is a first for an Israeli official of that level in 13 years. Ashkenazi came to discuss with Egyptian officials a “permanent ceasefire.”

Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, which came into effect on 21 May, ending 11 days of Israeli aggression on the enclave.

The Israeli bombing campaign left more than 250 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured and homeless, while tens of residential and commercial buildings were demolished by Israeli air strikes.

Egypt has taken several political and diplomatic steps since then to consolidate the ceasefire, including sending security delegations to the warring sides.

Egypt also announced the allocation of $500 million for the reconstruction of Gaza and opened many hospitals nationwide to receive injured Palestinians from the strip.

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