During Israeli FM’s first visit to Egypt in 13 years, the talks included rebuilding the damaged Palestinian interior after 11 days of bombing.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in Cairo on Sunday to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry the establishment of a “permanent ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas, the group that controls the siege. Gaza Strip.
Ashkenazi tweeted in Arabic, English and Hebrew that his trip to Cairo was “the first formal visit to an Israeli FM in 13 years”.
According to his tweet, the visit came in response to an invitation extended to Egypt by Shoukry.
“We will discuss the establishment of a permanent ceasefire with Hamas, a mechanism for providing humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of Gaza with an important role played by the international community,” he added.
He also noted that his government has “fully learned” to repatriate Israeli prisoners held by Hamas.
During the visit we will discuss regional issues as well as ways and means to strengthen our relationship with the two. pic.twitter.com/j6pcv4gs9T
– Gabi Ashkenazi – Gabi Ashkenazi (@Gabi_Ashkenazi) May 30, 2021
Egypt played a key role in establishing a ceasefire earlier this month between the Israelis and Hamas, ending 11 days of bombing.
Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza – which has been a dangerous siege since 2007 – has killed 253 Palestinians, including 66 children.
The attacks destroyed 1,800 residential units and barely damaged even 14,300 more forcibly sheltered in United Nations-run schools.
The bombing also hit nearly 74 public buildings, including local municipalities, according to figures released by the Gaza information minister.
Senior Egyptian security officials confirmed to the AFP news agency on Sunday that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would also travel to Cairo for discussions, but would not provide further details.
At the same time, Egypt’s intelligence chief Abbas Kamel leading a high -level delegation of management is expected of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, officials added.
“President [Abdel Fattah] El-Sisi orders general intelligence chief to talk to Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] and concerned authorities to fix a permanent ceasefire and the latest developments in the face of the Palestinians, ”they said.
El-Sisi, who is restoring his country’s office as a regional force, also tasked Kamel with ending political divisions between rivals Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the occupied West Bank, as officers.
Palestinians are politically divided between Hamas and its rival Fatah, but analysts say the latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict serves to unite the Palestinian community that is divided in a way that is not. seen over the years.
The escalation is the result of increased tensions in occupied East Jerusalem over Israel’s planned expulsion of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah and attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Rockets and other fire from Gaza killed 12 Israeli people, including two children.
El-Sisi has pledged $ 500m to help efforts to rebuild the crowded and demolished enclave.
Egypt has aided the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza, and has increasingly hidden the crossing of the Rafah border for alleged security reasons.
The siege of Gaza also halted the flow of construction materials needed to stand much of the enclave’s infrastructure, which was damaged in previous Israeli military campaigns in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Hard -to -obtain materials need to be cleaned up in layers of bureaucracy.