Israeli PM visits Egypt in first official journey for a decade


CAIRO:

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was assembly Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral points, Egypt’s presidency stated, within the first official journey by an Israeli head of presidency to Egypt for a decade.

Bennett, the pinnacle of a far-right social gathering who took workplace in June, was invited to go to by Sisi final month and the 2 have been resulting from meet within the Crimson Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The discussions have been anticipated to handle “methods and efforts to revive the peace course of” between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt’s presidency stated in a press release, in addition to bilateral and regional issues.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and analysts say there may be little prospect of reviving them. Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood.

One focus of Monday’s talks would be the scenario within the Gaza Strip, the place Egypt helped dealer a ceasefire after 11 days of battle in Could between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the enclave, diplomatic and safety sources stated.

An uptick in cross-border violence since late August has examined the delicate truce. Over the previous week, Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel for 3 nights in a row, drawing Israeli air strikes.

Border crossing

Bennett and Sisi have been additionally anticipated to debate regional points, together with Iran’s affect within the Center East and the disaster in Lebanon, diplomats stated.

The journey appeared to provide transport hyperlinks between the 2 nations a lift.

The Taba crossing between Israel and Sinai, an entry level for Israeli vacationers, would turn out to be totally operational from Monday as restrictions put in place throughout the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted, Israel’s transport ministry stated.

From October, Egyptair would start working a number of flights every week between Cairo and Tel Aviv, sources on the Egyptian nationwide service stated.

Egypt grew to become the primary Arab nation to signal a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 however relations have remained cool, restricted to safety cooperation and restricted financial hyperlinks.

Egypt’s brokering of the Gaza truce allowed it to reassert its diplomatic function within the area within the wake of offers by 4 Arab states to normalise ties with Israel final yr.

The final official go to by an Israeli prime minister to Egypt was when Benjamin Netanyahu met former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011 in Sharm el-Sheikh, simply earlier than the rebellion that toppled Mubarak.

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