From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt
(L-R) German FM Heiko Maas, Jordanian FM Ayman Safadi, Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, and French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt
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L-R: German FM Heiko Maas, Jordanian FM Ayman Safadi, Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, and French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan meet to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Cairo says aim of meeting is to urge Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate 'just and comprehensive political settlement', while Germany says they want to discuss steps to 'build trust' between the two nations

Associated Press |
Published: 01.11.21, 15:44
Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
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  • In Cairo, the Foreign Ministry said the aim of the meeting was to urge the Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a “just and comprehensive political settlement” on the basis of achieving a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital on territory Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.
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    From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt
    From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt
    L-R: German FM Heiko Maas, Jordanian FM Ayman Safadi, Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, and French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian, hold a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt
    (Photo: AP)
    The Palestinians suffered numerous setbacks under the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and complained about what they say were pro-Israeli steps from Washington.
    Trump has sidelined the Palestinian Authority, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, slashed financial assistance for the Palestinians and reversed course on the illegitimacy of Israeli settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians.
    Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said last month that Cairo has been working toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “taking into account the regional and international changes.” He was apparently referring to Biden's election and the establishment of ties with Israel by four Arab countries — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
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    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    (Photo: AFP)
    France’s Foreign Ministry said the meeting would discuss ways to have Israelis and Palestinians embark on talks, building on “the positive regional context” related to the recent normalization deals.
    “It is a question of contributing, at the same time, to a resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, with a view to resolving the conflict in the framework of international law," the statement said.
    Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted before leaving for Cairo on Sunday that the ministers would discuss “which concrete steps” that could help “build trust” between Israel and the Palestinians.
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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Washington in 2010
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Washington in 2010
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Washington in 2010
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    In September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international conference early in 2021 to launch a “genuine peace process,” based on the UN resolutions and past agreements with Israel. The Palestinians no longer see the U.S. as an honest broker.
    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said last month that the Palestinian Authority was ready to cooperate with the incoming Biden administration, and urged Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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