Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday received the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, local media has reported.
Sisi and Lauder discussed some regional issues, including the Middle East’s peace process. The meeting was attended by the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Abbas Kamel.
According to an official statement by the Egyptian presidency, Al-Sisi stressed on his country’s keenness on developing its strategic relations with the United States (US) and continuing its communication with the various levels of the American society. “This will help in demonstrating the real challenges that the region is facing and strengthen mutual efforts to restore stability and security to the Middle East,” Sisi said.
Lauder praised the “strong” US-Egyptian ties, expressing his appreciation to the Egyptian government’s efforts in combating terrorism which “threatens the security and stability of the Middle East and the world.”
He noted to the progress Egypt has managed to achieve in “a short time” in many domains, stressing that Egypt’s economic development “will help in luring more foreign investments to the country.”
During the meeting, the Egyptian leader also pointed out that achieving the Palestinian reconciliation and restoring the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s control over the Gaza Strip “would boost the international efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli issue.”
This is not Lauder’s first visit to Egypt. He visited the North African country twice last March and December.
The US-based WJC was founded in 1936 as an international federation of Jewish communities and organisations, with the aim to “establish and maintain a unified Jewish community,” according to its website.