Sisi voices support for Palestine in resuming peace talks

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has voiced Egypt’s support for Palestine in resuming the stalled Middle East peace talks focusing on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Egyptian Presidency…reports Asian Lite News

Sisi made the remarks on Tuesday during his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the ongoing World Youth Forum which is being held in Egypt’s Red Sea report city of Sharm El-Sheikh, according to a statement of the presidency.

The Egyptian President emphasised the importance of achieving a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with international legitimacy, and expressed his country’s keenness to support Palestine’s diplomatic efforts to resume the peace negotiations, Xinhua news agency reported.

For his part, Abbas lauded Egypt’s support in the Palestine issue and its effort to help the Palestinian people overcome various challenges.

A consensus was reached on the need to continue intensive consultation and coordination, at both bilateral and trilateral levels (with the participation of Jordan), in order to revive the peace process, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Sisi also urged donor states to support the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that provides services to millions of Palestinian refugees, the Egyptian state TV reported.

The Egyptian President spoke of the huge amounts of money needed for the reconstruction of the Gaza strip, noting that Egypt has already allocated $500 million to rebuild Gaza, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Our role will continue by calling on donor states to advance and not to give up on UNRWA to be able to meet its commitments,” said Sisi.

Egypt will act side by side with donor states for “greater resumption and greater support” for UNRWA to assume its role, he added.

During the session, UNRWA Chief Representative in Cairo, Sahar Al-Jobury expressed her appreciation of Egypt’s role in backing UNRWA and urging international partners to continue their financial support for the agency to help the Gaza strip recover from its crisis.

Egypt brokered in May 2021 a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian armed groups led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which rules the Gaza strip, reaching a truce after 11 days of deadly exchanged strikes that claimed the lives of at least 260 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

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