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Thursday, 4 February 2021

We want to see goodwill gesture from Bibi

El Sisi wants Bibi to OK two state solution before Cairo visit: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is reportedly making a potential upcoming visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contingent on the PM publicly moving the ball forward on the peace process with Palestine, possibly including a commitment to a two-state solution, Axios reports, citing Israeli sources. Netanyahu had allegedly been scheduled to visit Egypt a month ago, but Egypt opted to postpone the visit after early elections were called in Israel, the sources say. The two heads of state met publicly for the first time in 2017 in New York as part of Egypt’s efforts to broker a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement.

Netanyahu is not in favor of making a public statement ahead of the Knesset elections on 23 March, in which he will be heavily reliant on his right wing supporters for victory. The sources say that Bibi’s planned visit is being put on ice for now while the two countries work on a compromise of sorts.

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Egypt will for the first time chair the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission for its 2021 session, according to a UN press statement.

UK Defense Senior Advisor John Lorimer talked armament partnerships with Egyptian Armed Forces officials in a three-day visit to mark the handover to his successor Martin Sampson, according to a UK government statement.

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