Egyptian President Urges Palestianians to 'Co-Exist' With Israelis

Lucy Bush
September 22, 2017

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas - who is also in NY, at the UNGA - was notably absent from the meeting, but met with Sisi in Cairo in mid-July.

The hour-and-a-half-long meeting took place at the Palace Hotel, where the Egyptian president was staying. Pictures of the meeting showed the two men seemingly conversing well with each other.

Sisi applauded efforts exerted by the United Nations chief since he took the office, presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef reported.

Trump also met Netanyahu on Monday, and repeated that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was "possible", saying his administration would do its utmost to push it.

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"Peace between the Palestinians and Israel would be a fantastic achievement, and we are giving it an absolute go".

Netanyahu - speaking at an event earlier this month - noted that the current shift is more profound than the one after the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, and the 1994 Israeli peace treaty with Jordan.

Al-Sissi also met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day.

"The relationship is very good", Trump said Wednesday.

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There were reports Mr Netanyahu and his team were dismayed that Mr Trump emphasised the issue during the meeting.

Trump told reporters before the meeting that the USA "will consider" resuming some of the suspended military assistance to Egypt. "I say it can happen".

Trump and Al-Sisi met on the sidelines of the 72nd session of United Nations (UN) General Assembly in NY.

Egyptian state press said the NY meetings would further reconciliation.

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Sisi "expressed his desire to assist in efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the region", the statement said. During meetings between Al-Sisi and Trump, the latter hardly touched on the human rights issues in Egypt, even though he was urged to do so by several rights organizations. The attendees reportedly included influential religious ministers, officials and former members of the military, as well as leaders of research centres and USA think tanks.

Other reports by Info About Network

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