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Sunday, 4 August 2019

El Sisi, Shoukry, Kamel meet Kushner in Egypt to talk Mid East peace

El Sisi, Shoukry, Kamel meet Kushner to talk Mid East peace: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel met on Thursday with White House advisor Jared Kushner to discuss the Trump administration’s Israel-Palestine peace plan, according to an Ittihadiya statement. El Sisi reiterated during the meeting that Egypt supports reaching a peaceful solution that would see the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The statement is otherwise scant on details of the discussion.

Background: Kushner’s sit-down with El Sisi came one day after he met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who told the US envoy much as the same as El Sisi, according to a statement on Wednesday picked up by Jordan’s Petra News Agency. The White House adviser is trying to drum up support for the plan with a regional tour featuring stops in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Israeli media reported last week that the plan will be unveiled before the 17 September Israeli elections. Palestinian sources alleged in June that Kushner’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan involves trying to persuade us to give up a chunk of Sinai in order to create a greater Gaza area stretching to El Arish. Shoukry dismissed the plan on the eve of Trump’s Bahrain conference in June, telling Russian media that “there will be no renouncing one bit, one grain of sand from the lands of Sinai.” Egypt would receive USD 9 bn of investment for transportation, energy and development projects under the economic plan released by the White House in June.

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