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Sissi defends role in ceasefire efforts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi defends Egypt’s role in trying to broker a Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas, which accuses him of proposing a ceasefire favorable to Israel.

“Egypt has sacrificed, for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinians, 100,000 martyrs,” he says in a televised address, referring to casualties in Egypt’s wars with Israel from 1948 to 1973, before Cairo signed a peace treaty in 1979.

“So it is difficult for anyone to engage in one-upmanship, not just regarding [our role] with the Palestinian brothers but also the Arab region,” he says in a speech to mark the 1952 military overthrow of the monarchy in Egypt.

— AFP

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