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August 23, 2016 1:12 pm

Egyptian President: Russia Willing to Host Direct Peace Talks Between Israel, Palestinian Authority

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Campaign photo of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Defense Minister who has resigned to run for president. Photo: El-Sisi Campaign.

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. Photo: El-Sisi Campaign.

JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi claimed in an interview on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready and willing to host direct peace negotiations in Moscow between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

“Unfortunately, the case is like stagnant water and requires international will and effort,” the Daily News Egypt quoted El-Sisi as saying in an interview held with editors of Egyptian newspapers. “There is more and more conviction on behalf of the Israelis of the importance of the peace process, which is a positive indication.”

El-Sisi, who supports the recent French initiative for peace talks, also said that the internal fighting between Hamas leaders in Gaza and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction continues to be an obstacle to reaching an agreement.

Egypt’s president hopes that both Israelis and Palestinians will allow his country to play an integral part in renewing ties that broke down in 2014.

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