Egypt's Sissi Calls for Palestinian State During Kushner Visit

The Trump administration has not endorsed the Palestinian demand for statehood as part of the peace plan Kushner is trying to sell

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Kushner and his delegation in Cairo, August 1, 2019
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Egypt's president has reiterated his support for the creation of a Palestinian state on Thursday during talks with White House envoy Jared Kushner.

Kushner is visiting the region to rally support for the administration's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has not endorsed a two-state solution, which has long been seen internationally as the only viable path to peace.

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Egypt issued a statement Thursday saying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told Kushner that Egypt supports efforts aimed at resolving the conflict "on the basis of a two-state solution and the creation of Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital."

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is promoting the economic component of a yet-unreleased peace plan.

The Palestinians have cut ties with the White House, saying Trump's policies are unfairly biased toward Israel.