Al-Sisi, King Ab­dul­lah dis­cuss peace in the re­gion

THE MEET­ING TOOK PLACE A WEEK BE­FORE THE ARAB-US SUM­MIT IN SAUDI ARA­BIA

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Farah Bah­gat

Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi and King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan dis­cussed on Wed­nes­day “break­ing the in­ac­tiv­ity of the peace process in the Mid­dle East”, dur­ing the lat­ter’s one-day visit to Cairo, ac­cord­ing to state-owned tele­vi­sion.

Al-Sisi and King Ab­dul­lah dis­cussed the Pales­tinian is­sue, par­tic­u­larly the two-state so­lu­tion: the es­tab­lish­ment of a Pales­tinian state on the borders of the June 1967 agree­ments, with East­ern Jerusalem as the Pales­tinian cap­i­tal, re­ported lo­cal me­dia.

The talks fur­ther in­cluded the two coun­tries’ ef­forts in coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism and solv­ing the con­flicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

En­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries on the eco­nomic, se­cu­rity, and strate­gic lev­els was also in­cluded in the two lead­ers’ talks.

King Ab­dul­lah’s visit fol­lows Egypt’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sameh Shoukry’s talks with his Jor­da­nian coun­ter­part Ay­man Al-Safadi con­cern­ing the Pales­tinian is­sue and means of re­viv­ing peace in the re­gion.

The visit comes within the frame­work of on­go­ing co­or­di­na­tion and con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the two coun­tries on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the Pales­tinian is­sue and ways to sup­port the peace process in the Mid­dle East.

Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Pro­fes­sor Has­san Nafaa told Daily News Egypt that there is con­stant co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, as both have iden­ti­cal stances to­wards the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict, thus, the lat­est meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers is mainly held to pre­pare the meet­ing with Trump dur­ing the Arab-US sum­mit.

This is the sec­ond meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers in 2017,as they had ear­lier met in April on the side­lines of their vis­its to Wash­ing­ton, DC to meet with US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Al-Sisi and King Ab­dul­lah are sched­uled to at­tend the US-Arab Sum­mit in Saudi Ara­bia along with Arab lead­ers, in ad­di­tion to Trump, to dis­cuss peace in the Mid­dle East, the Pales­tinian is­sue, and com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.

Trump said dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial elec­tions cam­paign in 2016 that he was will­ing to work with Egypt, Jor­dan, and Is­rael to ex­tin­guish Is­lamic ex­trem­ism and pro­mote peace in the re­gion.

Al-Sisi had re­port­edly in­tro­duced a frame­work to solve the Pales­tinian is­sue to Trump dur­ing his visit, that he re­ferred to as the “deal of the cen­tury”, which Is­raeli me­dia re­ported to be based on a two-state so­lu­tion.

Nafaa said that the “deal of the cen­tury” would be an il­lu­sion, adding that “the two-state so­lu­tion is no longer ap­pli­ca­ble, be­cause there are no in­di­ca­tors that Ne­tanyahu will ac­cept such a so­lu­tion; if he would, it would have been im­ple­mented a long time ago,” Nafaa ex­plained.

He de­scribed the cur­rent talks and the sched­uled sum­mit in Saudi Ara­bia as an at­tempt to in­te­grate Is­rael in the re­gion and en­hance its re­la­tions with Arab coun­tries.

“This is an at­tempt to es­tab­lish an Amer­i­can-Saudi coali­tion against the Ira­nian ex­pan­sion in the re­gion,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to White House of­fi­cials, Trump is set to an­nounce an Arab-NATO co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing the sum­mit in Saudi Ara­bia to com­bat ter­ror­ism and stand up to Iran, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi met with King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan in Cairo

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