Egypt's Sissi and Senior Biden Aide Discuss Gaza Reconstruction, Two-state Solution

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U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, today.
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, today.Credit: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and other officials emphasized President Joe Biden's support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

In the talks the U.S. and Egyptian delegations also urged a return to constitutional order in Tunisia and discussed support for a civilian-led transition in Sudan, the official said. Sullivan reiterated U.S. Support for a diplomatic resolution regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and recognized Egypt's concerns about access to the Nile's waters, as well, according to the official.

A senior administration official told Haaretz that Sullivan reaffirmed Biden’s commitment to a constructive dialogue on human rights during the meeting with Sissi. “The delegations discussed Egypt’s national human rights strategy and the importance the United States places on securing tangible and lasting improvements in human rights, and in this regard, specific steps in connection with U.S. security assistance for Egypt,” the official said.

Sullivan and Sissi also agreed to intensify international efforts over upcoming elections in Libya at talks in Cairo on Wednesday.

It made no mention of human rights, which the White House said on Tuesday would also be on the agenda during Sullivan's visit.

Sullivan arrived in Cairo after trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and was accompanied by Brett McGurk, White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.

On Libya, the two sides agreed to reinforce coordination on the withdrawal of foreign forces and the unification of Libyan military institutions, the statement said. Sisi stressed the importance of sticking to a plan to hold elections in December, it added.

The planned poll is part of a United Nations-led effort to reunify Libya after years of conflict and division, but faces deep challenges.

Ben Samuels contributed to this article.

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