Netanyahu, Egypt's Sisi to hold first public meeting in NYC

Netanyahu, Egypt's Sisi to hold first public meeting in NYC

As president El Sisi discussed Egypt's efforts to revive the peace process, he also said that any global initiatives with the goal of reaching a reasonable compromise between all the interested parties were welcome. On Tuesday the adulation reached new heights when he not only met in public with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu but clearly enjoyed himself at the same time.

The two leaders had "a comprehensive discussion about the problems of the region", according to a readout provided by the Prime Minister's Office.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security.

Sisi has been involved in secret talks with the Israeli premier in the past.

The hour-and-a-half-long meeting took place at the Palace Hotel, where the Egyptian president was staying. They twice met for closed-door talks in 2016.

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Abbas's internationally recognised Palestinian Authority is located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, but it has had no control in Gaza for a decade - after the Islamist movement Hamas seized the territory in a near civil war in 2007.

After US President Donald Trump assumed office in January, bilateral relations between Egypt and the US significantly improved.

Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had temporarily frozen military aid to Egypt following a deadly crackdown on Morsi's supporters.

Mr El Sisi also held meeting with New York-based and other American groups that have a strong interest in developments in the region. "It would be utterly ridiculous if Mr Trump doesn't eventually say that", Nabil Shaath, a senior Abbas adviser, told journalists in Ramallah on Monday when asked about the two-state solution.

A State of department official said at the time that the suspension decision is a message that the USA is not happy with the lack of progress in human rights in Egypt and a recent law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), stating "we want to see improvements".

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