Egypt's Sisi meets Israeli PM at United Nations for first public talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sissi in New York
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sissi in New York
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22 September, 2017

This is the first meeting between El-Sisi and Trump following an August decision by the USA administration to withhold $195 million in aid and cut $95 million to Egypt citing concerns over Cairo's record on democracy and human rights.

"While the Egyptian press played up the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, it is most likely that the Israeli and Egyptian leaders discussed these other issues [more prominently]", he said.

The leaders "conducted a wide-ranging discussion on the issues that affect the region", and that the Egyptian head of state "expressed willingness to provide assistance in the efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the region". Netanyahu and a-Sisi are reported to have met several times in the past, usually on the sidelines of worldwide forums, and are known to speak regularly on the phone, but this is the first time the governments of Israel and Egypt have acknowledged a meeting between the two.

The last time that the two leaders met was in secret in April 2016 at Sisi's presidential residence in Cairo.

On Tuesday, Israeli Army Radio discussed the fact that the Israeli flag was missing from the meeting.

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El-Sisi also expressed Egypt's wish for more coordination and consultation with the United States on different regional issues, especially in combating terrorism. In photos of the meeting between Netanyahu and Sisi, the two are seen smiling and laughing.

Egyptian officials said president El Sisi saw the 9pm meeting with Mr Netanyahu as an opportunity to discuss the resumption of the overall peace process.

"Arrests often occur without warrants or judicial orders".

"What's happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history - even when we signed agreements", Netanyahu said, as reported by Israel's Channel 2.

Egypt's more than 40 years of peace with Israel can be repeated in the Palestinian territories if Palestinian Arabs are willing to overcome their differences with Israelis and one another, Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said in an address to the UN General Assembly on September 19.


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