Egypt Sissi says peace treaty with Is­rael ‘sta­ble, per­ma­nent’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS -

EGYP­TIAN Pres­i­dent Ab­del-fat­tah el-sissi yes­ter­day af­firmed, “The peace agree­ment with Is­rael is sta­ble and per­ma­nent” and said most Egyp­tians sup­port the nearly 40-year-old treaty.

Speak­ing at the World Youth Fo­rum 2018 in Sharm el-sheikh, Sissi added that when for­mer Egyp­tian pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat “raised his idea of peace, no one thought that this idea would one day be ac­cept­able in the gen­eral opin­ion,” ac­cord­ing to a trans­la­tion of his re­marks pub­lished in He­brew me­dia.

Sa­dat risked ev­ery­thing to make peace with Is­rael at the United States (U.S.) pres­i­den­tial re­treat Camp David on Septem­ber 17, 1978.

The ac­cords, ce­mented by a peace treaty in 1979, saw re­gional pow­er­house Egypt tem­po­rar­ily shunned by the rest of the Arab world. Sa­dat was as­sas­si­nated on Oc­to­ber 6, 1981.

Sissi’s com­ments came as Khaled Azmi, the new Egyp­tian am­bas­sador to Is­rael, ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to an Egyp­tian diplo­mat. He is to present his cre­den­tials to Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin on Thurs­day.

In late Au­gust, the Egyp­tian govern­ment ap­pointed Azmi, who pre­vi­ously served as the di­rec­tor of the coun­tert­er­ror­ism unit in the Egyp­tian For­eign Min­istry, as its new top diplo­mat in Is­rael. Egypt has been work­ing to try and bro­ker a re­turn to calm be­tween Is­rael and the Gaza Strip where months of deadly bor­der clashes have at times nearly brought Ha­mas and Is­rael to war. As part of the ar­range­ment, Cairo is seek­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween the West Bank-based Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity and the Ha­mas ter­ror group, which seized Gaza from the PA in 2007 in a coup that deeply di­vided the two lead­ing Pales­tinian par­ties.

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