Egypt FM Shoukry discusses Palestine issue with Norway’s peace envoy


2016-636025366155816213-581Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry discussed with Norway’s Middle East peace envoy Tor Vinslad the recent Paris-based Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, the ministry’s spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Sunday.

“The Norwegian peace envoy listened to the assessment of the foreign minister of the results of the meeting that took place earlier this month in Paris between different international foreign ministers to discuss the peace process,” Abu Zeid said in a statement.

The spokesperson added that the duo “discussed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Egypt’s efforts to resume [stalled] negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Norway was instrumental in finalizing the Palestinian-Israeli peace accord signed in Oslo in 1993 that led to the formation of the Palestinian Authority in parts of the occupied territories.

Oslo has continued to play a key role in attempts to mediate negotiations between the two sides.

In May, President El-Sisi urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work for peace and a two-state solution, noting that peace is possible based on the Egyptian-Israeli experience of overcoming decades of war.

“I call on our Palestinian brothers to unite their various factions so as to be able to reach real reconciliation [and prepare for talks with Tel Aviv],” El-Sisi said.

The president also asked Israeli leaders to “seize the moment”, promising Tel Aviv a better future if it reaches a deal with the Palestinians.

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