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Shoukry, Wennesland Discuss Latest Developments in Palestinian Cause

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, in Cairo on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland in Cairo on Wednesday.

Shoukry underscored Cairo’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and efforts to achieve peace in the region.

In late May, Cairo underscored the importance of halting all measures and actions that target the Arab Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem and its sanctities, and aim at changing the historical and legal status quo of the city.

Shoukry warned then that the escalation affects the stability of the Palestinian territories.

This came during his meeting with the Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub.

The FM reiterated that the continued expansion of settlement activity, whether through building new settlements or expanding existing ones, the confiscation of lands and the displacement of Palestinians, undermine the chances of reaching a two-state solution and the prospect for establishing a comprehensive and just peace in the region.

He further confirmed Egypt’s firm position on supporting the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

He underlined the need to hold talks to revive the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and reach a political solution that would end the Israeli occupation of Palestine along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In February, Cairo renewed its commitment to support Gaza’ reconstruction efforts. s

Its Permanent Representative to the UN Osama Abdelkhalek told the relevant UN committee that the Palestinian people should exercise their inalienable rights.

He affirmed that his country invested $500 million in projects to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, noting that Egyptian companies have started implementing these projects.

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