Cairo, 12 June 2023 (TDI): Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Minister, received Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on Monday.
Egyptian Foreign Minister confirms support for the Palestinian issues and working toward the two-state solution.
Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel on 26 March 1979 after U.S. President Jimmy Carter mediated the peace agreement.
The Peace Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in September 1978.
These accords were held at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, United States; this is why these are also called Camp David Accords.
After these accords, the Arab League strongly opposed Egypt’s decision to establish diplomatic ties with Israel.
The Arab League changed its headquarters from Cairo to Tunis, but the opposition slowly softened over time.
Role of Egypt
This recent visit of Tor Wennesland has proven the commitment of Egypt to peaceful negotiations.
FM Shoukry receives the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process @TWennesland… Egypt continues to support the Palestinian rights and work towards achieving the two States solution. @TWennesland pic.twitter.com/vHUwTksMeK
— Egypt MFA Spokesperson (@MfaEgypt) June 12, 2023
Sameh Shoukry also stressed the importance of giving all the rights to Palestinians, to Tor Wennesland.
Egyptian President, in a statement, said that Egypt will always support the Palestinian cause based on a two-state solution.
Egypt has always been a strong supporter of peace in Israel and Palestine and has mediated many times between both parties.
In April 2022, after the Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the tensions between Hamas and Israeli forces increased.
Again in 2023, during the holy month of Ramadan, tensions escalated between the Israeli authority and the Palestinians.
Egypt is a neighbor of Israel and their border meets at the Gaza Strip and if anything happens, there are impacts on Egypt.
Both parties have been continuously fighting with each other and Egypt wanting a peaceful region, has stepped in every time.