Israel PM scheduled to meet Egyptian President in NY

Israel PM scheduled to meet Egyptian President in NY

Egypt's presidency spokesperson, Alaa Youssef stated that the meeting had witnessed multiple discussions, including ways to revive the Middle East peace process.

In their first public meeting, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his residence in NY yesterday to discuss the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis. The Egyptian President emphasized that the best way to promote the "peace process" is through a regional approach that will involve Arab countries. The two leaders have met several times before, but secretly. "President el-Sisi expressed a willingness to assist the efforts towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians and in the region", Netanyahu's office said in response.

Al-Sisi also met with Palestine's president Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the General Assembly and discussed efforts to advance the peace process.

Monday's meeting, which follows mediation in Cairo between Palestinian arch-rivals Fatah and Hamas, reflects Egypt's will to return to the forefront of the Middle East diplomatic scene.

In Israel, where there have been frequent reports of closed-door meetings with Arab leaders, and Mr. Netanyahu himself has touted his expanding contacts with them, the news of a friendly get-together with Sisi created no stir. At the previous meeting, which was held in Washington in May, the Egyptian President said he supports a regional peace conference under the auspices of President Donald Trump. "There will be no peace if we can not anchor Israel's security".