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Report: Egypt’s Sissi leading initiative to renew Israel-Palestinian peace talks

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a press conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, December 7, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a press conference at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, December 7, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is leading a push to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to a report in the London-based Rai al-Youm online newspaper.

Citing “high-ranking” Arab sources, the paper says that Egypt’s intelligence service is set to finalize a peace initiative it has been working on with unspecified Arab and European elements.

The report does not give details on what this initiative will include, but says Egypt is set to host Israeli, Palestinian, American, European and Arab officials soon to discuss the proposal before officially unveiling it.

The report comes days after Sissi hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II for talks.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who has ruled out starting a diplomatic process with the PA, is also expected to visit Egypt soon, after receiving an invitation from Sissi during Egyptian spy chief Abbas Kamel’s trip to Israel last month.

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