Abbas to Meet Egypt's Sissi in Cairo to Discuss Trump's Jerusalem Announcement

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File photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in 2016.
File photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi in 2016.Credit: OSAMA FALAH / AFP PHOTO / PPO /

Following the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet him and Jordan's King Abdullah II in Cairo on Monday, a Palestinian source told Haaretz.

The meeting is aimed at coordinating positions before the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation summit takes place on Wednesday in Turkey. The summit, too, has been called in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement.

Earlier, the royal palace in Amman confirmed that King Abdullah and al-Sissi had spoken about the Trump declaration and agreed to work to preserve the rights of the Palestinian people, including in Jerusalem.

At the same time, Palestinian sources said that there is heavy pressure being exerted on Abbas to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who plans to visit the West Bank in two weeks.

Abbas’ associates said Sunday, however, that there was no pressure being applied and clarified that there is no way such a meeting will take place after Trump’s declaration. Senior PA official Jibril Rajoub also said the meeting wouldn’t take place, adding, “Pence is not wanted in Palestine.”

Also Sunday, the Jordanian parliament passed a resolution to appoint a committee that would review all the agreements with Israel, including the peace agreement. Under the resolution, the committee would examine the agreements and prepare a special report on Israeli violations of the agreements to determine whether they should be voided.

Voiding the peace agreement, if such a decision is made by the parliament, requires other approvals, including that of the government, the palace and the king’s advisory committee – a scenario that at this point doesn’t seem likely.

According to a Jordanian political source, the decision to set up the committee is mainly symbolic and seeks to express Jordanian anger at U.S. President Donald Trump’s moves.

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