Egypt is prepared to train forces from the Palestinian Authority Presidential Guard to man the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and deploy along the border between the Palestinian enclave and the Sinai Peninsula, said the Egyptian envoy to the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday.
Egyptian ambassador to the PA Wael Atiyeh said that once the forces are ready, Egypt will then open the crossing to full capacity, Israel Radio reported.
He added that Cairo was in contact with Israeli and Palestinian officials to set a date for the resumption of ceasefire negotiations, following a truce that went into effect last Tuesday.
Atiyeh said arrangements have yet to be finalized.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said earlier Tuesday that he was confident Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations would end in a lasting deal.
“We hope that both sides will show the necessary flexibility” given the suffering of the Gazan people, he said.
“The international community and the region cannot bear any more violence, the loss of Palestinian lives and we hope this will lead to the recognition that a final solution to the conflict must be found, with the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.”
Egypt last week mediated a permanent truce between Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to end a bloody and devastating 50-day war — the deadliest in years.
Negotiators are expected to return to Cairo to discuss crunch issues such as Hamas’s demands for a port and an airport and the release of prisoners, as well as Israel’s call for terrorists in the Palestinian territory to be disarmed.