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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

El Sisi meets Trump, Johnson and Macron at G7 summit

Warm words between El Sisi and Trump at G7 summit: US President Donald Trump said that Egypt has made “tremendous progress” during talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi yesterday, according to a White House statement. The two leaders met for the first time since April on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France to discuss trade, efforts to combat terrorism and solutions to the conflicts in Libya and Syria, an Ittihadiya statement said. “Egypt has made tremendous progress under a great leader’s leadership,” Trump said ahead of the talks. “[El Sisi] is a very tough man, I will tell you that. But he’s also a good man, and he’s done a fantastic job in Egypt.” El Sisi wrote on social media following the meeting that the talks “entrenched the strength and depth” of US-Egyptian ties.

Kushner’s Mideast peace plan coming soon? El Sisi and Trump also discussed the situation in Palestine, the statement says, without providing any further details. Trump told the press ahead of the meeting that his long-awaited Mideast peace plan may be revealed by the Israeli elections in September, the Jerusalem Post reported. El Sisi, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel had met earlier this month with White House advisor Jared Kushner to discuss the Trump administration’s Israel-Palestine peace plan. 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.

El Sisi holds talks with Macron, Johnson: El Sisi discussed economic ties, counterterrorism and regional issues with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the summit. The president raised the Middle East peace process and efforts to contain illegal immigration with Macron, and talked tourism with Johnson, presumably as it pertains to the resumption of British flights to Sharm El Sheikh.

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