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Wed 15 Mar 2023 8:54 pm - Jerusalem Time

Egypt calls on Israel to work seriously to revive the peace process as soon as possible

CAIRO - (Xinhua) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called today (Thursday) on his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, to work seriously to revive the peace process with the Palestinians as soon as possible.


Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that Shoukry made a phone call today with Eli Cohen, during which he congratulated him on his assumption of the position of foreign minister in the new Israeli government, according to a press release published by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its official page on the social networking site (Facebook).


During the call, Shoukry conveyed his wishes to his Israeli counterpart for success in his duties, especially those related to supporting bilateral relations between the two countries and strengthening consultation mechanisms on various issues of concern to the two countries.


The Egyptian minister stressed the importance of working seriously to revive the peace process as soon as possible, as it is the best and only way to achieve the vision of the two-state solution, the establishment of the Palestinian state, and the achievement of stability and comprehensive peace for all the peoples of the region.


He made it clear that Egypt, being the first country in the region to seek and consolidate peace, will always play its role and bear its historical responsibility in supporting peace efforts to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


Shoukry called for stopping unilateral (Israeli) measures that would complicate the situation and the need to preserve the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem, as this has a direct impact on easing tension.


He stressed that Egypt will continue its efforts to stabilize the calm between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.


These telephone conversations between the foreign ministers of Egypt and Israel came two days after a tripartite summit in Cairo that brought together Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, and Jordan's King Abdullah II.


During the summit, the three leaders discussed the developments of the Palestinian cause in light of the current developments in the occupied Palestinian territories and the related regional and international situations.


Political expert Dr. Tariq Fahmy said that the Egyptian-Israeli relations allow an important area of communication between the two sides, and the talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries aim for Egypt to conduct its contacts on all axes, and this is a natural matter in light of what happened in the tripartite summit.


Fahmy, a political science professor at Cairo University, told Xinhua that, in my estimation, Egypt will make a great effort to persuade the Israeli side to resume the peace process and enter a new phase in a way that serves both sides.


And he added, "However, the resumption of the peace process requires not only an Egyptian effort, but a regional as well as an American effort, and the US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is currently visiting Israel and there is talk about the two-state solution option, and therefore this effort is Egyptian-American."


The Egyptian expert added that Cairo has reservations about what is happening on the ground, fearing that it will have direct effects on the peace process, before adding that the resumption of the peace process under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is possible, and negotiations have always taken place with the governments of the Israeli right, and therefore I do not think that there is a problem. prevent the completion of the peace process.


He stressed that the chances of resuming the peace process exist under American pressure, and that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Israel at the end of this month, and this is a good opportunity in this context.


He continued that there is also an Arab move to put pressure on Israel to persuade it to resume the peace process, and warned of negative repercussions in the event that Israel insists on not resuming the peace process.

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