Egypt would like to play a more active role in bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in New York last night in New York.
During an hour-and-a-half meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the two leaders discussed a host of regional challenges, the Israel Broadcast Corporation (Kan) reported, including ways to re-invigorate the Israel-Palestinian peace process.
Netanyahu praised Cairo for the “important role” Egypt plays in the War on Terror and in protecting stability in the region.
It was the first public meeting between them since a 2016 summit in Aqaba, Jordan also attended by Jordanian King Abdallah and then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
The session, held at the Palace Hotel, where the Egyptian delegation is staying, followed a day of diplomatic activity for the prime minister, including talks with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Rwandan President Paul Kagame and culminating with a much-anticipating discussion with US President Donald Trump.
Notably, however, the meeting took place against the background of an Egyptian flag, without the blue Star of David to represent Israel. The absence is considered a breach of diplomatic protocol, but Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, told Army Radio Tuesday that the fact the meeting was held in public was “far more important” than the presence of the national flag.