Israeli prime minister visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral issues, Egypt’s presidency said, in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.

Bennett, the head of a far-right party who took office in June, was invited to visit by Sisi last month and the two were due to meet in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The discussions were expected to address “ways and efforts to revive the peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt’s presidency said in a statement, as well as bilateral and regional matters.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and analysts say there is little prospect of reviving them. Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood.

Reuters

Photo A handout photo made available by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 13 September 2021. The Israeli Prime Minister will discuss the latest developments in the regional and international arenas with the Egyptian president. EPA-EFE/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY HANDOUT