FILE – Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry- Press photo
CAIRO – 24 September 2020: Egypt and Jordan give more attention to achieve security and stability in the Middle East region and to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday in a press conference with his Jordanian, German and French counterparts in Amman on the Palestinian cause.
The Egyptian Minister affirmed that the two countries support a solution that meets the aspiration of the Palestinian people in light of their legitimate rights to establish their independent state on the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and work to achieve security.
Shoukry added that the latest development of signing normalization deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE is a bottom line that leads to more interaction and support for reaching a comprehensive peace in the region based on the international legitimacy and the UN and AL resolutions, including the Arab Peace Initiative.
"We work, through coordination, on finding new frameworks that attract the parties to more interaction so as not to leave matters in this political logjam and its consequences that we all try to avoid,” said Shoukry.
In his speech, Jordanian Foreign Ministry Ayman Safadi said that his country, Egypt and France discussed the ways of reviving the peace negotiation between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
He added that the two-state solution is the base of achieving a comprehensive peace between Palestine and Israel.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas affirmed that the participating countries are working on reviving the peace process in the region.
In his speech, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that the Palestinian cause represents a vital dimension in the region, adding that Israel should stop annexing Palestinian territories.
On September 15 in Washington D.C, the UAE and Bahrain signed normalization deals with Israel, the step that was welcomed by some Arab countries like Egypt and Oman. During the signing ceremony, US President Donald Trump announced that more Arab and Muslim countries would reach normalization deals with Israel in the coming period. Many media outlets indicated that Oman Sultanate and Sudan are likely the coming normalizing countries.
The newly-signed deals were totally rejected by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the other Palestinian factions, saying it is a "stab at the Palestinians' back".