Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt's coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation issue and ways to revive the peace process in the Middle East, the Egyptian presidency announced.
Presidency spokesperson, Bassam Rady, said that the two presidents discussed ways to revive the peace talks between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel and the importance of continuing the reconciliation process.
"Egypt will continue its efforts to resume the peace talks between the PA and Israel until reaching a just and comprehensive solution that ensures the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital," Al-Sisi said, as quoted by Rady.
"This solution will contribute to restoring stability and security in the Middle East and create the necessary climate for prosperity and economic development which will meet the aspirations of the region's people," he stressed.
The two leaders also discussed the importance of ending the long-standing inter-Palestinian political divisions.
Rady noted that Abbas praised Egypt's "sincere efforts to achieve reconciliation among the Palestinian factions as well as its historic role in defending the Palestinians' rights."
Abbas reiterated that the PA is determined to exert its maximum efforts to "unite the Palestinian people and enable them to overcome the great challenges they face," according to the Egyptian spokesperson.