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Egypt's El-Sisi Meets with US Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu

22 September 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security.

Sisi emphasised the importance of "resuming negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to reach a comprehensive solution", the presidency said.

The hour-and-a-half-long meeting at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Manhattan on Monday was closely watched for signs of a rapport between the two men over the key issue of restoring wider negotiations.

Additionally, a secret summit held in Aqaba, Jordan - initiated by then-US Secretary of State John Kerry - reportedly occurred in January 2016, and included Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah and Netanyahu.

Egyptian officials said president El Sisi saw the 9pm meeting with Mr Netanyahu as an opportunity to discuss the resumption of the overall peace process.

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Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, president of Egypt, addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in NY ity.

Egyptian state press said the NY meetings would further reconciliation.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Sisi will be the first to be held openly.

The leaders "conducted a wide-ranging discussion on the issues that affect the region", and that the Egyptian head of state "expressed willingness to provide assistance in the efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the region".

Egypt's El-Sisi Meets with US Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu