Egypt leader to raise Palestine issue with U.S. president

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 30, 2017

"The rhetoric alone of this Trump administration is much more forward leaning in its support towards Sissi than Obama", said one USA official, who declined to be named.

Trump cast uncertainty over years of worldwide efforts to foster a two-state solution to the conflict when he met Netanyahu last month.

An Arab League summit is also set for March 29 in Jordan, and Abbas's discussions with Sisi are likely to touch on the meeting.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) meets with Jason Greenblatt, the USA president's assistant and special representative for global negotiations, at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 14, 2017.

Abbas told Trump that peace was a "strategic choice" for the Palestinian people that should lead to the "establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel".

Relations between the two soured when Egypt in December withdrew a draft resolution in the UN Security Council against Israeli settlements. The draft was later resubmitted by other council members and adopted.

Walla also cited Egyptian reports that Cairo hopes to take an active role in any future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, prompting a rehabilitation in Egyptian-Palestinian relations following a rift over Egyptian support for Abbas's political rival Mohammed Dahlan.

Abbas later claimed the barring of Rajoub from Egypt was the result of a mixup.

The spokesman added that President Abbas updated the Egyptian president with his recent contacts with the new USA administration during which he showed commitment to reach an inclusive solution to the conflict with Israel.

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