Egypt's Sissi Urges Israel, Palestinians to Reach Solution to Conflict

Citing his own country's peace agreement with Israel, Egyptian president makes an appeal at the UN General Assembly to bring 'prosperity and peace to both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sissi addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2016.
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Egypt's president has urged Israel and the Palestinians to look to the "wonderful" example set by his country and the Jewish state and agree on a solution that lets them exist in peace as two neighboring states.

Speaking Tuesday to the UN General Assembly, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi described the Israel-Egypt model as "a real opportunity to write a bright page in the history of our region to move towards peace."

He told delegates he was departing from the written text of his speech to make an appeal that will bring "prosperity and peace to both the Israelis and the Palestinians."

U.S. President Barack Obama, who addressed the General Assembly earlier on Tuesday, said that both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel's legitimacy.

Reuters contributed to this story.