El-Sisi tells U.S. to revive talks between Israel and Palestine

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday told the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that his country should revive negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis as the main guarantor of the peace process in the Middle East.

El-Sisi met with visiting Tillerson in Cairo, where the two held lengthy discussions.

In an official statement, Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s clear and unwavering stance on reaching a fair and comprehensive solution that guarantees the right of Palestinian people and the establishment of an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem in line with the June 1967 borders in accordance with international resolutions.

Local Ahram news outlet reports President el-Sisi and Tillerson to have also discussed the situations in Libya and Syria, in an effort to find solutions to the crises.

Tillerson said Egypt played an important role as a partner to the U.S., adding that his country was keen to strengthen ties between Washington and Cairo.

The meeting between El-Sisi and Tillerson comes only a few hours after the US secretary met with Egyptian FM Shoukry.

The US secretary stressed at a joint press conference with Shoukri that there was “no gap” in the relationship between Egypt and the United States in terms of fighting terrorism in the region.

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