Sunday, January 15, 2017

Egyptian FM to present vision on Israel-PA peace

Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, will attend the international peace conference in Paris on Sunday, in which he will give a speech on the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported Saturday.

Shoukry is set to chair the Egyptian delegation at the conference, said a statement by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.

In his speech, Shoukry is expected to “outline Egypt's vision on reaching a just and comprehensive settlement for the Palestinian cause, which is considered the cornerstone of stability and peaceful coexistence in the region,” Abu Zeid added.

He further said that Shoukry will stress the importance of ensuring that the Palestinian people receive their “legitimate rights”, primarily the establishment of an independent state along the pre-1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

He will also stress Egypt's readiness to contribute to achieving this objective through encouraging both the Palestinian and Israeli sides to resume direct talks.

Sunday’s peace conference in Paris is part of France’s initiative to push Israel and the PA to resume stalled peace talks.

The conference will be attended by representatives from 72 countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Israel will not attend, as it opposes the French initiative, explaining that the only way to reach a peace agreement is through direct talks with the PA – which the PA refuses. READ MORE