Abbas lauds Egypt's efforts to resolve Palestinian cause
Sun, Apr. 21, 2019
CAIRO – 21 April 2019: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Egypt's efforts at various levels to resolve the Palestinian cause and protect the rights of the Palestinian people during his meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.
The meeting was attended by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki, and Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh also attended.
During the meeting, Abbas stressed the importance he attaches to the coordination with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi concerning the Palestinian situation and ways to deal with the challenges facing the Palestinian people.
He also reviewed the determinants of the Palestinian situation in light of the recent developments.
For his part, President Sisi affirmed Egypt's full support for the Palestinian stance to reach a political settlement, highlighting the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The meeting also reviewed the challenges currently faced by the Palestinian Authority, especially following Israel's deduction of the clearing funds, and the negative repercussions of such issue on the status of the authority.
Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to exert efforts with the concerned parties in this regard to prevent further escalation.
The Egyptian efforts to stabilize the Gaza Strip were also discussed during the meeting. President Sisi pointed out that the Egyptian moves always aim at maintaining the security and stability of the Palestinian people and improving the humanitarian and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip
Egypt continues its efforts to complete the reconciliation process and achieve political consensus within the framework of a unified vision among all Palestinian forces and factions, and in accordance with an Egyptian strategy to support the Palestinian Authority and its role in the Gaza Strip, Radi said.