Egypt, Germany, France and Jordan meet to revive Middle East talks

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CAIRO – Egypt on Monday hosted foreign ministers from Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to relaunch peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before the president-elect takes office Joe Biden.

In Cairo, the Foreign Ministry said the purpose of the meeting was to urge Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a “just and comprehensive political settlement” on the basis of the achievement of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem. Is as capital on the territory captured by Israel in 1967. Middle East War.

Palestinians have suffered many setbacks under the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump and have complained about what they say are pro-Israel measures by Washington.

Trump ousted the Palestinian Authority, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv, cut financial aid to Palestinians and reversed the course of the illegitimacy of Israeli settlements on claimed land by the Palestinians.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said last month that Cairo was working on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “taking into account regional and international changes”. He was apparently referring to the election of Biden and the establishment of ties with Israel by four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

France’s foreign ministry said the meeting would discuss ways to get Israelis and Palestinians to engage in talks, building on “the positive regional context” linked to recent normalization agreements.

“It is about contributing, at the same time, to a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, with a view to resolving the conflict within the framework of international law,” the statement said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted before leaving for Cairo on Sunday that ministers would discuss “what concrete steps” could help “build trust” between Israel and the Palestinians.

In September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international conference in early 2021 to launch a “real peace process,” based on UN resolutions and agreements with Israel. Palestinians no longer see the United States as an honest broker.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said last month the PA is ready to cooperate with the new Biden administration and urged Israel to resume talks based on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. .

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