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Jan 7, 2021

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke together with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry yesterday over the telephone. The name got here on the request of the latter, who additionally spoke on the telephone yesterday with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki.

Both calls had been made forward of a world assembly scheduled for subsequent week in Cairo, with the purpose of reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace course of. According to a press release by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Shoukry, Ashkenazi and al-Maliki spoke in advance of a gathering with France, Germany, Jordan and Egypt to “discuss new ways to advance the peace process.” The assertion additionally mentioned, “Coordination is taking place at the level of the two foreign ministers as well with the Palestinian side within the framework of the necessary preparation for the Quartet meeting.” Ashkenazi and al-Malki shall be every invited for a separate assembly with the 4.

The international ministers of France, Germany, Jordan and Egypt final met in a July 7 video convention in response to efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to advance annexation of components of the West Bank. The assertion issued after the assembly condemned his actions. “Such a step would have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region, and would constitute a major obstacle to efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive and just peace,” it learn.

The ministers underlined their agency dedication to a negotiated two-state resolution, stating, “We discussed how to re-start a fruitful engagement between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, and offer our support in facilitating a path to negotiations.”

Diplomatic sources mentioned on the time that the ministers had mentioned holding a world convention to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace course of, however had been ready for the American administration to finish its personal strikes on the difficulty first.

The initiative got here as much as the desk publicly in September 2020, in a speech delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the UN General Assembly. In his deal with, Abbas requested Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene a world assembly on the Palestinian problem early subsequent 12 months, stating, “The conference should have full authority to launch a genuine peace process based on international law.”

Abbas’ mid-December go to to Qatar was reportedly aimed toward making certain Qatari assist for the Palestinian Authority in anticipation of such a convention.

Israel has saved mum on all these statements. It didn’t react formally to the July assembly, nor to Abbas’s name in September. Ashkenazi has not commented publicly on his telephone name together with his Egyptian counterpart yesterday. According to the Israeli press, Ashkenazi was invited to the four-part assembly in Cairo subsequent week, however won’t attend due to the nationwide closure in Israel that begins tonight at midnight.

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