Israeli Prime Minister Visited Egypt for the First Time in Ten Years Source

    Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah Sisi met with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Red Sea coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh on the 13th. The two sides focused on discussing the situation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

This is the first visit to Egypt by an Israeli Prime Minister in 10 years. Egypt supported the “two-state plan”

The Egyptian Presidential Palace issued a statement on the 13th that Sisi told Bennett that the realization of peace in the Middle East must be based on the “two-state solution” and relevant international resolutions. Egypt supports all efforts aimed at achieving comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

After the meeting, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement stating that Egypt played a role in stabilizing the situation in the Gaza Strip and assisted in finding Israelis who disappeared during the conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel expressed its gratitude for this.

In May of this year, serious conflicts broke out between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. A large number of casualties on both sides caused serious concerns in the international community. With Egypt’s mediation, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) reached a ceasefire agreement with Israel, which will officially ceasefire on May 21.

Sisi told Egyptian national television that he and Bennett talked about maintaining a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian-Israeli situation has heated up again in recent times. In the evening of August 29, hundreds of Palestinians marched in the Gaza Strip bordering Israel, demanding that Israel lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli media reports, the demonstrators threw stones and burning objects at Israeli soldiers, and the Israeli army responded with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

On September 2, the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine held a meeting in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, and emphasized their support for the “two-state solution” to promote the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

We hope to develop relations

The statement made by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office on the 13th also expressed its willingness to develop relations between Israel and Egypt.

Egypt signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1979, and was the first Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel. The development of Egypt-Israel relations has been concentrated in the area of ​​security cooperation and limited economic and trade exchanges.

Bennett’s trip is the first visit to Egypt by an Israeli Prime Minister in 10 years. In 2011, the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Sharm el-Sheikh and held talks with the then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

 

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