Al-Sisi meets Mahmoud Abbas, declares Egypt’s support for Palestinian cause

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President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday at the presidency’s headquarters in Heliopolis. 

Also attending the meeting were Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki, Palestinian Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Gamal El-Shoubaki as well as member of the executive committee of the PLO Saeb Erekat.

The Palestinian president hailed the political achievements reached in Egypt both internally and on international fronts, highlighting the success of President Al-Sisi’s European tour in which he visited Italy, the Vatican, and France.

He extended thanks to President Al-Sisi for the efforts exerted by Egypt in support of the Palestinian cause at the bilateral and multilateral levels. For his part, President Al-Sisi stressed that the Palestinian cause remains a top priority in Egypt’s foreign policy.

He said solving the Palestinian case will count as a strong pillar for achieving security and stability in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Abbas briefed Al-Sisi on the outcome of his international contacts for the purpose of solving the Palestinian case and noting Palestinian demands such as halting Israeli settlement activities, releasing Palestinian prisoners, putting an end to Israel’s aggression on Al-Aqsa mosque, and Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories to provide an atmosphere which may be suitable to resume peace talks.

During the meeting, President Al-Sisi asserted, “We will not stop short of backing the Palestinian cause till establishing a sovereign independent Palestinian State based on the June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said.

Al-Sisi also stressed Egypt’s full support for the choices of the Palestinian people.