Friday, December 12, 2014

Egypt, Jordan agree on need for Syrian, Palestinian peace in El-Sisi visit

Egypt grateful for Jordan's support after 30 June, says Egypt's presidential spokesperson


Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II agreed in a meeting in Amman on Thursday on the necessity of a political solution to the Syrian conflict and the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

A statement by Egyptian presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said both sides saw eye-to-eye on the necessity of reaching a political solution to Syria’s civil war that safeguards Syrian national institutions.

King Abdullah discussed with El-Sisi an anticipated Arab resolution to be presented to the United Nations Security Council on a timeframe to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, the statement said, adding that Egypt and Jordan implored the international community to create the suitable conditions for the resumption of negotiations between the two sides.

Youssef also stated that in light of international terrorism, both sides agreed on efforts needed to correct the image of Islam and show it is a peaceful religion, designating Egypt’s Al-Azhar as the leading institution for efforts to entrench moderate Islam.

El-Sisi expressed his gratitude for what he said was Jordan’s support for Egypt since the 30 June revolution and stated that its “honorable and brotherly stance” are familiar for Egypt.

The visit lasted several hours after which El-Sisi returned to Egypt. It comes ten days after Jordan's King Abdullah II visited Cairo for similar talks.

In November, El-Sisi participated in a conference call with Abdullah II, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The pair also met in September for the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.