Egypt's El-Sisi Meets with US Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu

Al Masry al-Youm's online coverage of the meeting between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian President al Sisi

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On Tuesday the adulation reached new heights when he not only met in public with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu but clearly enjoyed himself at the same time.

The meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the first public meeting of the two leaders, who discussed the efforts to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mr El Sisi joined Mr Netanyahu and then U.S. secretary of state John Kerry for talks hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah in Aqaba in February last year, a former USA official confirmed to Agence France-Presse earlier this year. The two leaders discussed "ways to resume the peace process and establish a Palestinian state", the statement said, while ignoring the likely topic of recent developments in the Egypt-Hamas-Fatah triangle.

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Departing from his prepared remarks to the UN General Assembly, Sisi said he wanted to "tell the Palestinian people, it is important to unite ... to overcome the differences and to be ready to accept co-existence with the other, with Israelis, in safety and security".

Since al-Sisi's rise to power, there has been an improvement in Israeli-Egyptian relations, especially in terms of security.

On Sunday Egypt helped to broker a deal with the militant group Hamas to dissolve its administration in Gaza and seek Palestinian unity with the secular Fatah authorities in the West Bank.

The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation after Sisi, the former army chief, led the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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Last month, the Trump administration cut almost $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt, a key counterterrorism partner that has repeatedly run afoul of the US over its human rights record.

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Egyptian state press said the NY meetings would further reconciliation.

It is believed, Trager added, that Netanyahu and Sisi had met twice previously, without cameras, and have also spoken numerous times by phone.

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