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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

El Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah discuss Israel-Palestine peace

IN DIPLOMACY: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II discussed the Israel-Palestine peace peace and political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas during talks in Amman yesterday, Ittihadiya said in a statement. Both countries are currently pushing for a revival of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis and held talks with the French and German foreign ministers in Cairo last week. The visit also comes less than a week after the Palestinian Authority announced that it would hold fresh parliamentary and presidential elections in the coming months in a step forward to ending Palestinian factionalism.

Coinciding with the visit: Egypt sent medical supplies to Jordan to help it face covid-19, the Defense Ministry said in a video statement (watch, runtime: 1:42).

In another sign of Egypt’s burgeoning EastMed military ties: Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki and army Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid held talks with Farid’s Greek counterpart Konstantinos Floros, who’s currently in Egypt, the Armed Forces said in a statement.

Also worth knowing this morning:

  • The UAE has suspended travel without visas for Israelis until 1 July to curb the spread of covid-19 after ratifying an agreement last week that would have allowed travel without a visa between the countries starting mid-February, Bloomberg reports.
  • Attacks by militias in Sudan’s Darfur region left over 100 dead in the past three days in a flare-up of the nearly 18-year-old “Land Cruiser War,” Reuters reports.

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