Egypt's Sisi Meets Netanyahu in NY

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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi held talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in NY on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Departing from his prepared remarks to the UN General Assembly, Sisi said he wanted to "tell the Palestinian people, it is important to unite ... to overcome the differences and to be ready to accept co-existence with the other, with Israelis, in safety and security".

The hour-and-a-half-long meeting at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Manhattan on Monday was closely watched for signs of a rapport between the two men over the key issue of restoring wider negotiations.

El-Sisi also expressed Egypt's wish for more coordination and consultation with the U.S. on different regional issues, especially in combating terrorism.

"We can repeat this experience, this excellent step once again, together with the peace and security of the Palestinian citizens", he said.

At the start of their meeting, Mr Trump was keen to stress that achieving Middle East peace was a priority for his administration. I think there's a good chance that it could happen.

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Al-Sissi also met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day. "Most people would say there's no chance whatsoever", said the president, who is due to meet with Mr Abbas on Wednesday. Channel 10 reported that that meeting went well.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold his first public meeting with Egyptian President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi on Monday night in New York City, according to Egyptian media reports.

Egyptian state press said the NY meetings would further reconciliation.

The meeting between Sisi and Netanyahu in NY on Monday followed a rare phone conversation between Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas of Fatah and Hamas chief Ismail Haniya.

Reportedly, two participants said that Sisi expressed his optimism concerning the American administration efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and added that Egypt is willing to in provide support in the matter.

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