Abbas to Meet With Egypt’s el-Sisi Over Jerusalem

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attend the opening session of the Gaza Donor Conference in Cairo on October 12, 2014, aimed at helping the Gaza Strip pummelled by the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants earlier this year. Some 50 countries are to attend …

The Algemeiner reports: – 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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