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Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Palestinian President discuss Gaza ceasefire

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Monday to discuss Egypt’s role in supporting and building on the Gaza ceasefire.

Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said that the meeting comes as part of Egypt’s ongoing efforts to re-engage the peace process between Palestine and Israel and reach a two-state solution.

He added that two also discussed efforts related to reconstructing the Gaza Strip and providing development support to the rest of the Palestinian territories.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness to support the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of Palestinians, highlighting the importance of working to revive a serious and constructive negotiation path that will lead to comprehensive peace.

Shoukry stressed the need to stop all practices that undermine peace opportunities and lead to escalation in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his appreciation for President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s initiative in supporting the occupied Palestinian territories, including the allocation of US$500 million for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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