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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Egypt’s Ambassador says Israel needs to give up nukes, two-state solution a possibility

Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel makes “rare” public appearance: Hazem Khairat, Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel, made his first public appearance in Israel on Thursday to say “the Egyptian government still believes that a two-state solution is plausible … The two-state solution is the only way to end the conflict. We are running out of time and there are no alternatives … Egypt lauds the French peace initiative which is the major initiative for regional peace,” according to JPost. Khairat also called for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, as he called for closing Israel’s nuclear facilities, according to Times of Israel.

…In related news, France’s special envoy for the Middle East peace initiative Pierre Vimont arrived in Cairo on Wednesdayfor a two-day visit. Vimont met with Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday to get Egypt’s view on the initiative, according to a statement from the Ministry.

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