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Egypt, Jordan stress necessity of political framework for resuming Palestinian-Israeli negotiations

Shoukry discussed Egypt’s intensive diplomatic efforts to stabilise the Cairo-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip

Ahram Online , Monday 31 May 2021
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Egypt and Jordan stressed on Monday the importance of having in place a political framework that would allow for the resumption of negotiations between Palestine and Israel on the basis of a two-state solution.

According to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry, FM Sameh Shoukry called his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al-Safadi to discuss developments in the latest Palestinian crisis.

The two officials agreed on the necessity of having a negotiating track on the basis of a two-state solution that involves the establishment of an independent Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Shoukry discussed Egypt’s intensive diplomatic efforts to stabilise the Cairo-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The ministers addressed ideas put forward on the reconstruction of Gaza and agreed on continued communication in coordination with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), the statement said.

The ministers affirmed the importance of continued efforts to support the PNA and improve the living conditions for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in cooperation with international partners.

They also discussed bilateral relations and other regional and international developments of mutual interest, the statement said.

Since the deadly 11-day bombing of Gaza by Israel earlier in May, Egypt and Jordan have been closely coordinating to stabilise the situation in Palestine and secure a permanent de-escalation in Palestinian territories.

Cairo and Amman, two vital regional partners, continue to consult to build on a Cairo-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The 11-day fighting has been deemed the most serious since 2014, as Israel hit Gaza with artillery and air strikes.

At least 254 people were killed in Gaza with over 1,900 wounded, according to Palestinian health authorities, while the death toll in Israel stood at 13.

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