President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made a phone call on Thursday evening to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he affirmed Egypt’s stance towards the Palestinian cause.
Official spokesperson for the Presidency Bassam Rady said that the two officials discussed the latest developments on the Palestinian arena.
Leaders from Palestine’s Fatah and Hamas parties met in Cairo this week, where they agreed to hold general elections in the country for the first time in 15 years.
Egypt’s stance towards the Palestinian cause is unwavering, as it seeks to push the peace process in accordance with international resolutions and references, Rady quoted Sisi as saying.
Abbas expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s relentless efforts and endeavors to support the Palestinian cause and reach a just and comprehensive solution.
A statement from an Egyptian-Saudi political consultation committee in December reiterated Egypt’s desire for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 agreement, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The statement came as Israel normalized ties with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Morocco under negotiations led by former-US president Donald Trump.
Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, a move that was condemned by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in December.
Peace Now, an Israeli group that surveils settlement activity, reported settlement construction in 2020 to be at its highest since 2012.