Sisi meets Israel PM for first public talks

CAIRO (AFP) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office said yesterday.

Sisi emphasised the importance of “resuming negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to reach a comprehensive solution,” the statement said.

The two leaders discussed “ways to resume the peace process and establish a Palestinian state,” the statement said.

Peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since US-backed talks collapsed in the spring of 2014.

US President Donald Trump, who visited Israel and the occupied West Bank in May, has said he believes he can mediate a final peace agreement that has eluded his predecessors.

Trump too met Netanyahu in New York on Monday ahead of the UN General Assembly and again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement.

File photos show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (ABOVE) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi (BELOW). – PHOTOS: AP