Egypt FM Shoukry stresses need to revive ME peace process to Israeli counterpart

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Sep 2021

Cairo has recently intensified efforts through consultations with Arab and western countries to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in order to resolve the decades-old conflict

Egypt FM Shoukry

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has stressed to his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid the need to revive the Middle East peace process through direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, which last collapsed in 2014.

Speaking over phone to Lapid on Sunday, the top Egyptian diplomat has called for creating a political prospect guaranteed by a stable climate to consolidate the stability pillars and therefore spare the region escalation and tension, Egyptian Foreign Minister Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement.

Cairo has recently intensified efforts through consultations with Arab and western countries to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in order to resolve the decades-old conflict based on the two-state solution, with the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Egypt will keep pushing ahead with its "earnest" efforts in this direction, Shoukry said.

Both ministers also tackled efforts exerted for the reconstruction as well as the provision of aid and development support to all the occupied Palestinian territories in coordination with the Palestinian authority, Hafez added.

The talks between Shoukry and Lapid come almost a week after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for talks on the Middle East peace process and means to cement the Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Hamas, which was reached following the recent Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The 11 days of the Israeli aggression on the strip in May left more than 250 Palestinians dead, including 66 children, and more than 1,900 injured, in addition to the destruction of hundreds of commercial and residential buildings in the enclave.

Egypt, which has pledged $500 million for the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the Israeli attacks, started sending building equipment, engineers, and workers to the enclave in June as part of its initiative to help reconstruct the enclave, and has almost concluded the first stage of the process that included the removal of debris.

During his meeting with Bennett, El-Sisi stressed the importance of international support for the Egyptian reconstruction efforts in the Palestinian territories as well as the necessity of maintaining the truce between the Palestinians and Israelis.

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