Politics, Middle East

Egypt’s Sisi meets Israeli premier in Sharm el-Sheikh

2 leaders meet for 1st time since Bennett took office in June

Diana Shalhub and Abdelraouf Arna'out   | 13.09.2021
Egypt’s Sisi meets Israeli premier in Sharm el-Sheikh PHOTO CREDIT - Presidential Office of Egypt


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for talks on reviving the Middle East peace process.

The official website of the Egyptian Presidency published pictures of the meeting between al-Sisi and Bennett in Sharm el-Sheikh in northeastern Egypt.

The Egyptian presidential office said the two leaders discussed a host of regional and international issues along with bilateral relations.

Al-Sisi called for the “necessity to preserve de-escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,” the office said.

He also expressed “Egypt’s support for all efforts to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East on the basis of two-state solution and international legitimacy resolutions.”

The meeting was attended by top officials from both sides.

Monday’s meeting is the first between the two leaders since Bennett assumed power in Israel in June.

It is also the first visit to Egypt in 10 years by an Israeli premier as the last visit was paid by Benjamin Netanyahu in January 2011.

On Aug. 18, Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel met with Bennett in Tel Aviv where he conveyed an official invitation to him to visit Egypt.

Egypt is mediating a cease-fire deal between Israel and Palestinian resistant groups in Gaza following the last Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian territory in May.

Peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel have stalled since April 2014, due to Tel Aviv's refusal to stop settlement building, release Palestinian detainees, and evading the two-state solution.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat and Ahmed Asmar

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