Palestinian leader meets Sisi in Cairo

They discussed the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking and Egypt-Palestinian relations.

Palestinian leader meets Sisi in Cairo

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Thursday with resigned Egyptian army chief and presidential contender Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Abbas discussed with al-Sisi the latest developments in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking and Egypt-Palestinian relations, said Magdi al-Khaldi, Abbas' diplomatic advisor who attended the meeting.

The Palestinian leader also lauded Egypt's progress on its transitional roadmap, which was put into place after the army's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Earlier on Thursday, Abbas met European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is also visiting the Egyptian capital.

Their discussions, too, focused on foundering Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Prospects for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians appeared to crumble late last month after Israel refused to release 26 Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

In retaliation, Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership in 15 U.N. conventions.

The latest developments come only a few weeks before an April 29 negotiation deadline for the U.S.-sponsored peace talks.

Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2014, 09:49
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