Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday 2 September, 2021. Photo courtesy of The Egyptian Presidential spokesman Facebook page
A trilateral summit between Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine's leaders has kicked off in Cairo to discuss a number of issues of mutual concern, including the Palestinian cause, Extra News channel reported.
Earlier on Thursday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace.
Egypt and Jordan have been in talks with regional and international sides to revive the long-frozen talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in accordance with the international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative and the two-state solution with the aim of establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 border, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
El-Sisi, during a meeting with Abbas ahead of the summit, stressed that Egypt would proceed with its painstaking efforts to support the Palestinian cause.
Egypt is coordinating with the Palestinian side to help Palestinians restore their rights, the Egyptian president said.
He highlighted the importance of rallying efforts in the coming period to support a political settlement, push towards resuming negotiations, and maintain the Palestinian-Israeli truce.
He also called for the unification of Palestine’s ranks and reconciling all Palestinian factions so that they may support the Palestinian Authority and its role in the Gaza Strip.
He underscored the importance of improving the economic, humanitarian, and living conditions in the strip.
Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said the meeting tackled the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and the Middle East peace process.
For his part, Palestinian President Abbas hailed the strenuous efforts exerted by Egypt to support the Palestinian cause.
He lauded Egypt's historical role in advocating for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, referring to Egypt's pivotal efforts in facilitating the recent ceasefire with Israel.
He also cited the initiative launched later on by President El-Sisi to reconstruct Gaza, stressing the depth of Palestinian-Egyptian ties.
The two leaders agreed during their talks to hold continued consultations to discuss various issues of mutual concern as well as future steps for supporting the Palestinian cause at all levels.