World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday discussed Arab efforts to establish a Palestinian state with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas who is on a visit to Cairo.
The Egyptian Presidency said in a statement that al-Sisi and Abbas discussed these efforts, especially after the United Nations Security Council had turned down a Palestinian draft resolution calling for setting a deadline for ending Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
It added that the two leaders also discussed a Palestinian application for joining the International Criminal Court, a move that has angered both Israel and the U.S. administration.
Abbas signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on December 31, 2014, soon after the Security Council rejected the Palestinian draft resolution.
Abbas also signed 18 international agreements and treaties.
Joining the International Criminal Court means that the Palestinians can sue Israel for what they describe as the "crimes against humanity" it had committed against the Palestinian people in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptian Presidency said Egypt had made contacts with several regional and international players to end the current stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
It added that the Egyptian government had hoped that Israel would not take any escalatory measures against the PA in the future.
On Thursday, Abbas is expected to participate in an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.
The meeting is expected to discuss the ramifications of the Security Council's rejection of the Palestinian draft resolution.
The Arab League, meanwhile, agreed to make its legal resources available for the Palestinians to compile a comprehensive report about Israel's latest offensive on the Gaza Strip and Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories since 1968, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
The file will also dwell on the Palestinians' request that the United Nations provides them with protection, he added following a meeting with al-Arabi in Cairo on Wednesday.
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