Egypt's Sisi Meets Netanyahu in NY

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

The leaders "conducted a wide-ranging discussion on the issues that affect the region", and that the Egyptian head of state "expressed willingness to provide assistance in the efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the region".

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"We can repeat this experience and this excellent step once again - the peace and security of the Israeli citizens together with the peace and security of the Palestinian citizens", Sisi told the 193-member General Assembly to a round of applause.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met on Monday night in NY ahead of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Sisi will be the first to be held openly.

The Egyptian leader made a similar appeal to Israelis, saying that decades of Israeli-Egyptian peace could be expanded to the Palestinians to "overcome the barrier of hatred forever".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in New York, September 18, 2017. They twice met for closed-door talks in 2016.

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On Tuesday, Israeli Army Radio discussed the fact that the Israeli flag was missing from the meeting.

"The US has its own perspective that Egypt is paying its full respects, however the US's designation of such group as terrorists may take more time - not only for the US, but also for the entire world", Al-Sisi explained.

Egyptian officials said president El Sisi saw the 9pm meeting with Mr Netanyahu as an opportunity to discuss the resumption of the overall peace process. In photos of the meeting between Netanyahu and Sisi, the two are seen smiling and laughing.

"Arrests often occur without warrants or judicial orders".

At the start of their meeting, Mr Trump was keen to stress that achieving Middle East peace was a priority for his administration.

On Monday evening, Netanyahu met with US President Donald Trump for the first time since his visit to Israel in May. "What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel's history".

Both met in NY on the sidelines of UN General Assembly's annual session, discussing efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

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