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FM: Palestinian issue 'top priority' for Egypt's foreign policy

Saturday، 19 December 2020 - 10:13 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted that the Palestinian cause is a "top priority" for the Egyptian foreign policy.

Speaking a joint press conference with Jordanian and Palestinian foreign ministers Ayman Safadi and Riyad al-Maliki respectively following their consultative meeting in Cairo on Saturday, Shoukry said Egypt will organize a meeting in the "Munich" format in the coming period to push forward the stalled peace process. The meeting will group Egypt, Germany and France, he added.

He further noted that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi also had a meeting with the ministers, saying the president attaches importance to the Palestinian issue and is keen on holding contacts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and having joint coordination with Jordanian King Abdullah II on this score.

Shoukry also asserted Egypt's support for close coordination between the three countries and joint action at the level of leaderships and ministers to find an appropriate framework that could lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Minister Shoukry said the meeting comes within the framework of overcoming the deadlock that is halting the peace process.

Shoukry added that the talks reflected consensus in visions, noting that the coming period will witness implementing these visions via coordinating with various regional and international countries.

He further noted that the main goal is to reach a just solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the international resolutions to restore the Palestinians’ rights and establish an independent Palestinian state with al Quds as its capital.

Meanwhile, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi thanked Shoukry over hosting this meeting and pointed out at the continuous coordination among Egypt, Jordan and Palestine to reach a just and overall solution that guarantees the Palestinians all their rights, including freedom and establishing an independent Palestinian state with al Quds as its capital

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki expressed his happiness after meeting President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in which he listened to his important directives and remarks concerning Egypt’s support and vision over the Palestinian cause.

Maliki also said that today’s meeting comes to discuss the outcome of recent meetings between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Jordanian and Egyptian counterparts in order to intensify efforts to reach a joint vision to deal with the Palestinian cause in the upcoming period.

He asserted the importance of the Palestinian settlement and Egypt’s role to end this file.

He also noted that the Palestinian state is ready to cooperate with the new US administration to reform relations with Palestine, pointing out that Israel's practices, including annexing lands, settlement, demolishing houses and confiscating lands, hinder negotiations.

Maliki also called on all countries to ratchet up pressure on Israel to stop such acts. 

Shoukry told journalists that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has issued firm directives to discover fresh frameworks to push forward the Palestinian cause.

Such efforts will be shaped under cooperation with the Arab partners, Quartet on the Middle East, EU, Arab League and the new US administration, he added.

The Egyptian top diplomat said Egypt mainly aims to restore the peace process by building consensus and integration at all levels.

Stability and peace in the Middle East will only be achieved by a negotiated settlement that allows for the establishment of the Palestinian state and guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he added.

The foreign minister called on the international community to support the peace process and negotiations under the decisions of international legitimacy.

We are working through our close relations with our Arab partners, the United States, the European Union and the Quartet to urge Israel to refrain from taking unilateral measures that undermine the imposition of peace, he added.

In turn, the Jordanian minister said both countries seek to find frameworks able to put an end to the current stalemate of the peace process to reach a just solution that meets the rights of the brotherly Palestinian people and ends the conflict.

The current Israeli measures undermine the chances for peace, and therefore the international community must be mobilized to push Israel to stop such actions and also to protect al Quds and its holy sites, he added.

Within the current cautious understanding framework due to the new changes in Washington, I can say that the return to negotiations will not take place tomorrow.

We have first to cooperate with the international community to stop the Israeli accelerated measures that could hinder the opportunity to establish a Palestinian state, the Jordanian top diplomat concluded.


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