Abbas meets with Sisi to discuss reconciliation

Abbas and Sisi

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Monday met with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to discuss the Palestinian reconciliation before heading to Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

According to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency, Abbas and Sisi discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian issue as well as ways of reviving the peace process in the region.

During the meeting held on the sideline of the second day of the World Youth Forum launched in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, Sisi stressed the importance of continuing efforts to completely end the Palestinian division and achieve reconciliation.

He said that his country will work to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the Palestinians’ right to establish their independent state.

For his part, Abbas affirmed that the Palestinian Authority is determined to make its utmost effort to unite the Palestinian people, the same statement noted.

Abbas’s visit to Egypt is the first since the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation deal was signed on 12th October between Hamas and Fatah movements.

The Palestinian factions are expected to meet in Cairo on 21st November to discuss mechanisms for the implementation of the agreement.

Wafa news agency reported that Abbas headed to Saudi Arabia following the meeting to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

(Source / 06.11.2017)

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