Netanyahu Meets With Egypt's Sissi on Sidelines of UN Session

PM says leaders discussed 'regional developments' ■ Egypt: Meeting involved talks about renewing Israeli-Palestinian talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi meet in New York, September 26, 2018.
Avi Ohayon / GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday night in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

A tweet by Netanyahu said the two met to discuss "regional developments." A statement by Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassem Rad said the leaders discussed ways to restart the Mideast peace process and that Sissi spoke of the need for renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with the goal of obtaining a just solution to the conflict in accordance with decisions by the international community.

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Sissi emphasized that a permanent and just settlement would contribute to the establishment of a new reality in the Middle East, in which all the peoples of the region enjoy stability, security and growth, according to the statement.

Netanyahu spoke appreciatively of Egypt's important role in the region and the effort it makes to fight terrorism and support peace and stability, the statement said.

The meeting took place amid a widening rift between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and stalled attempts at a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas. Egypt plays a central role as an intermediary in both cases, particularly via its intelligence services.

Netanyahu said Wednesday after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump that he was not surprised by Trump's remark that he favored a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that he expects Trump to accept the Israeli approach that any possible peace scenario would leave security control of territories west of Jordan in Israel's hands.