Egypt for refrain from escalation in Palestinian territories


Egypt’s foreign minister in a meeting with his Israeli counterpart on Sunday stressed the need to refrain from all practices that lead to escalation, especially in the Palestinian territories, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Sameh Shoukry told visiting counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi that Israel has to take into account the “special sensitivity” associated with East Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque and all Islamic and Christian holy sites, the statement added.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said the visit came within the framework of Egypt’s contacts with the Palestinians and Israelis to establish a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Hafez said that Shoukry stressed in the meeting on the importance of moving in the coming period to take further measures aimed at consolidating the truce and providing the necessary conditions to create a conducive environment to revive the desired political path and urgently launch serious and constructive negotiations between the two sides.—Agencies