Following new negotiation talks between Egypt’s and Israel’s leaders on Monday, hopes for progress in the Palestinian peace process grew.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met in Sharm El-Sheikh. Which is on the Red Sea, to discuss Palestinian-Israeli relations. Also it was an Israeli prime minister’s first official visit to Egypt in a decade.
According to presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi, the two leaders addressed “efforts to restart the peace process” between Palestinians and Israelis. El-Sisi stated that Egypt “reaffirms its support for all efforts to establish comprehensive peace”.
Topics During The Negotiation
Diplomacy, security, and the economy were also in the discussion, during the negotiation. In addition according to Bennett. “We laid the groundwork for a long-term relationship,” he said.
According to diplomatic and security sources, Bennett and El-Sisi also addressed regional concerns. Which were Iran’s influence in the Middle East and the conflict in Lebanon.
The meeting came after Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, proposed on Sunday to improve living conditions in Gaza. Also to construct new infrastructure in exchange for a time of Hamas peace. However to halt the “never-ending cycles of bloodshed.”
But, according to Lapid, “it won’t happen without the cooperation and engagement of our Egyptian partners. As well as their capacity to communicate with everyone involved.”
Bennett’s visit occurred less than two weeks after. When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo.
Monday’s discussions were “an significant move in light of the two nations’ expanding security and economic ties. As well as their shared worry over the situation in Gaza,”. According to Nael Shama, a Cairo-based expert. It also matched “Egypt’s ambitions to restart political negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” he added.
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Bennett’s visit coincided with an improvement in Egypt-Israel transportation ties. The Taba border between Israel and Sinai. Which serves as a gateway for Israeli visitors, reopened to the public on Monday. However after restrictions imposed during the coronavirus epidemic were suspend, according to Israel’s Transport Ministry.
Egyptiar will begin flying multiple flights each week between Cairo and Tel Aviv beginning in October.
The last formal visit by an Israeli prime minister to Egypt occurred in January 2011. When Benjamin Netanyahu visited with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El-Sheikh, soon before Mubarak’s overthrow.
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