Egypt’s Sisi salutes ’more than 40 years’ of peace with Israel, calls on Palestinians to ‘overcome differences’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 20, 2017

Egypt’s more than 40 years of peace with Israel can be repeated in the Palestinian territories if Palestinian Arabs are willing to overcome their differences with Israelis and one another, Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said in an address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 19.

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi addresses the UN General Assembly on Sept. 19. / AFP / Getty Images

Addressing Israelis, Sisi said, “We have an excellent experience in Egypt in peace with you for longer than 40 years.”

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

“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 said.

“I tell the Palestinian people it’s extremely important … to overcome the differences and not to lose opportunities and to be ready to accept co-existence with the other, with Israelis in safety and security.”

Sisi addressed the General Assembly hours after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It was the first time Sisi and Netanyahu have held public talks. They twice met for closed-door talks in 2016.

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

The Egyptian leader “expressed his desire to assist in efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the region.”

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