Sisi Discusses Palestinian-Israeli Conflict With French Foreign Minister

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed France’s “keenness on engaging in the efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations” during a meeting with the French foreign minister on Saturday.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Cairo on Saturday, his first stop on a two-day trip to the region to push for restarting the peace process.

Sisi stressed the importance of joint coordination to draft a vision that would be unanimously approved to resume the peace process on clear grounds, a presidential statement read.

A comprehensive and permanent settlement would involve the creation of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, the president told Fabius.

Fabius earlier told France’s general public radio Inter that during his visit, he will put forward a French proposition to restart the negotiations between the two sides “within an international framework”.

Fabius will also attend a meeting later on Saturday for the Arab ministerial committee tasked with following up with the Palestinian file at the United Nations.

After Cairo, Fabius will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories.

France is scheduled to submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution regarding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry launched an attempt to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in July 2013, coordinating direct negotiations between both sides.

Negotiations collapsed upon reaching a pre-planned deadline in April 2014.

Source : Aswat Masriya