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December 11, 2017 9:26 am

PA’s Abbas to Meet With Egypt’s El-Sisi for Discussions on Jerusalem

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in March 2015. Photo: US State Department. – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was set to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for discussions on the Trump administration’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abbas will reportedly spend two days in Egypt, the PA media outlet Wafa reported on Sunday.

“The [bilateral] summit will deal with the developments related to the US’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ways to deal with the crisis that protect the Palestinian people’s rights, national holy sites and legitimate right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,” said Bassam Radi, a spokesman for the Egyptian President’s Office.

In response to Trump’s policy changes on Jerusalem, Abbas cancelled an upcoming meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. The PA leader’s meeting with Sisi follows his meetings last week with Jordanian King Abdullah and Crown Prince Hussein in Amman regarding the developments surrounding Jerusalem. Both Jordan and Egypt had cautioned the US against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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