Naftali Bennett visits Egypt in first official trip for over a decade

The Arab News reported, according to AFP, Israel’s Naftali Bennett was to meet President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Monday, on the first visit to Egypt by an Israeli premier in over a decade.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement, El-Sisi was to host Bennett in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss “efforts to revive the peace process” between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel, after decades of enmity.

The Arab News noted that in May, Cairo played a key role in brokering a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip after 11 days of heavy fighting.

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Egypt regularly receives leaders of Hamas as well as of its political rival the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmud Abbas, while maintaining strong diplomatic, security and economic ties with Israel.

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It should be noted that Bennett’s visit comes 10 days after Abbas was in Cairo for talks with El-Sisi.

The last meeting between an Egyptian president and an Israeli prime minister dates back to January 2011 when Hosni Mubarak received Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: aranews