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Egypt: Sisi Meets Guterres

22 September 2017

"The meeting (between Netanyahu and Sisi) represents a public step to further coordinate with Israel on a host of issues, from containing the Islamic State in the Sinai [and] reining in Hamas in the Gaza Strip, to trying to stem the tide of Iranian influence in the region", professor Joshua Teitelbaum, a senior research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, told JNS.org.

A statement by Netanyahu's office following the meeting said the two leaders held a "comprehensive discussion about the problems of the region".

Earlier, President Sisi also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed revival of peace talks.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the Palestinians to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security.

"While the Egyptian press played up the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, it is most likely that the Israeli and Egyptian leaders discussed these other issues [more prominently]", he said.

The Egyptian president joined Netanyahu for talks with then U.S. secretary of state John Kerry hosted by King Abdullah II in the Jordanian city of Aqaba in February 2016, a former USA official confirmed to AFP earlier this year.

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On Tuesday, Israeli Army Radio discussed the fact that the Israeli flag was missing from the meeting. In photos of the meeting between Netanyahu and Sisi, the two are seen smiling and laughing.

A State of department official said at the time that the suspension decision is a message that the USA is not happy with the lack of progress in human rights in Egypt and a recent law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), stating "we want to see improvements".

"Arrests often occur without warrants or judicial orders".

Palestinian leaders had been put off by Trump's administration after the president suggested he was not committed to a two-state deal.

The 1979 peace accord between Israel and Egypt marked the first time an Arab nation signed a treaty with Israel.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi conferred on Wednesday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly.

Egypt: Sisi Meets Guterres