Foreign Minister Shoukry arrives in Israel in first visit by an Egyptian official in 9 years

PM confirms two meetings scheduled with FM Shoukry Sunday, comes after Shoukry’s meeting with Abbas in Ramallah in June; Meeting to center on bilateral relations and resumption of peace process with Palestinians: First visit by Egyptian official in close to decade

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Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s arrival to Israel Sunday, the first visit by an Egyptian official to Israel in nine years.

Shoukry will meet with Netanyahu on Sunday afternoon and again Sunday evening, their meetings reported to centered on bilateral relations and resuming the peace process with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu announced Shoukry’s visit during his weekly cabinet meeting, stating “I am pleased to announce that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will arrive today in Israel. I will meet with him this afternoon and again this evening. The previous visit by an Egyptian Foreign Minister to Israel was in 2007, almost a decade ago. Today’s visit is important from many points-of-view. It teaches about the change that has come over Israel-Egypt relations, including President El-Sisi’s important call to advance the peace process with both the Palestinians and Arab countries. The Egyptian Foreign Minister is coming on behalf of the President of Egypt; we welcome him.”

Spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that “The timing of the visit is very important as it comes after the call of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to revive the peace process and the visit of Foreign Minister Shoukry to Ramallah,” in reference to the foreign minister’s visit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in June. Both leaders are to discuss “the understandings that have already been reached, they will solidify trust between Israel and the Palestinians and renew negotiations, in an effort to arrive at a comprehensive and just solution to the conflict.”

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