Can Egypt negotiate Palestine-Israel Peace Deal ?

Can Egypt negotiate Palestine-Israel Peace Deal ?

CAIRO, July 10, (APP): Egypt 's Foreign

Minister Sameh Shoukry was heading to Israel on Sunday for a rare

visit in which he is to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,

his office said.

Shoukry would hold "lengthy talks" with Netanyahu

focusing on reviving the peace process with the Palestinians,

the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Among other issues, the two would discuss "laying the

foundation and specifics of confidence-building between

Palestinians and Israelis to create a supportive environment

to resume direct negotiations between them with the aim

of reaching a comprehensive and just solution," it said.

Shoukry's trip to Israel comes after he visited the West Bank

city of Ramallah on June 29.

It also follows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's

comments in May that there was a "real opportunity"

for an Israeli-Palestinian deal that could lead to warmer ties

between his country and Israel .

Sisi urged Israelis and Palestinians to seize what he said

was a "real opportunity" and hailed his own country's peace

deal with Israel .

In 1979, Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace

treaty with Israel after years of conflict, and it remains

an influential player in the region.

In June, representatives from 28 Arab and Western countries,

the Arab League, European Union and the United Nations met in

Paris to discuss ways in which the international community

could help advance the Palestinian-Israel peace process.

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