Sisi, Safadi discuss latest regional developments, ME peace process

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Jul 2021

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi arrived in Cairo earlier today

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi during a meeting in Cairo on Monday, 26 July 2021 (photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed with Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi the latest developments in the region in a meeting on Monday afternoon, including the situation in Lebanon, Syria, Libya.

They also exchanged views on the peace process in the Middle East in light of the coordination between Egypt and Jordan in this regard, Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The two countries — Egypt and Jordan — along with Germany and France formed in February 2020 a quartet group dubbed ‘the Munich Committee’ with the aim of reviving the long-frozen peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israel.

The Jordanian official, who arrived in Cairo earlier today, hailed the Egyptian efforts to consolidate a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions, as well as the Egyptian initiative to reconstruct Gaza.

In May, Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, ending 11 days of Israeli aggression that killed more than 250, injured thousands of Palestinians, and destroyed tens of infrastructures in Gaza.

On 18 May, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced the allocation of $500 million as part of an Egyptian initiative for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip — with the involvement of Egyptian companies — where tens of buildings had been destroyed leaving hundreds of Palestinians homeless in the enclave.

The Egyptian president and the Jordanian minister assured the significance of intensifying efforts at the international level to resume peace negotiations and settle the Palestinian crisis based on international legitimacy resolutions.

Concerning the trilateral cooperation between Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, Sisi and Safadi praised the level of cooperation between the three countries, stressing the importance of building on the outcomes of the latest meeting, which was held in Baghdad in June.

They also called for adopting "tangible" measures to increase means of coordination and cooperation between the three, especially in the fields of energy, power linkage, and industrial complexes.

The three countries held four summits over the past three years aiming to promote cooperation mechanisms and reinforce political consultation on regional issues.

The past summits saw an exchange of views between the leaders of the three countries on crucial regional issues and common security challenges, as well as means to restore stability in the region.

Concerning the trilateral relations, Safadi praised the Egyptian national mega development projects that are in progress in Egypt, expressing his country's keenness on benefiting from Egypt's experience in all fields via the exchange of expertise and joint investment.

During Monday's meeting, President El-Sisi expressed his aspiration to promote Egyptian Jordanian ties, particularly at both trade and economic levels, in a way that contributes to achieving both countries' interests, the statement added.

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