Egypt’s foreign minister receives his Israeli counterpart amid continued efforts to solidify the Gaza truce.
Egypt’s foreign minister, in a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, has stressed the need to continue deepening a truce between Israel and Hamas stopping all practices that lead to climbing.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday in his meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi in Cairo “the need to take into account the special sensitivity associated with East Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all Islamic holy sites and Christians, “said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement.
Tensions rose last month after Israeli security forces stormed the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslims in the last days of the holy month of Ramadan.
After issuing an ultimatum to demand that Israel cease its attacks on the mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, Hamas launched a rocket reservoir against Israel. Israel continued with an offensive that killed nearly 250 Palestinians.
Egypt helped get it on May 21st the ceasefire to stop the worst fighting in years between Israel and Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, and which is working with the United States and regional partners to expand it to a more permanent ceasefire.
In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.
Palestinian officials have raised the costs of rebuilding Israeli attacks on Gaza to tens of millions of dollars.
Kamel also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Sunday and handed him a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stating Egyptian support for the Palestinians and Abbas, the state news agency reported. MENA news.
MENA added that Cairo would organize talks between Palestinian factions to achieve unity between those in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied areas in the occupied West Bank.
Discussions with Israeli officials have addressed a set of measures that would allow the entry of materials, electricity and fuel into the territory, as well as the possible expansion of the maritime space allowed for Gaza fishermen, an unnamed Egyptian official said. by The Associated Press.
“The role of the Palestinian Authority is central to the talks,” the official said. “Egypt seeks to be deeply involved in the reconstruction process.”