The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted representatives of the Palestinian Authority in Cairo on Sunday ahead of a ministerial meeting at the Arab League.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Amr was scheduled to meet with his PA and Jordanian counterparts and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to discuss the current situation in Palestine, according to the deputy spokesperson for the ministry, Nazih El Naggary.
In addition Amr was also scheduled to meet with Commissioner General Filippo Grandi of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNWRA) and UN representative for the peace process Robert Serry.
El Naggary said that Amr’s meeting with Grandi was to discuss the how Egypt can help the Palestinian people in job creation and what is expected of Egypt to “improve the conditions of the Palestinain economy, which suffered from the blockade and restrictive procedures for years.”
Amr’s meeting with Serry was planned to “discuss prospects… to achieve the aspirations of the Palestinian people,” in light of the international community’s recognition of Palestine as a state, according to El Naggary.
The meetings were scheduled ahead of a ministerial meeting at the Arab League on Sunday evening. According to the ministry spokesperson the ministers are set to discuss a number of issues including Palestine and the Syrian crisis.
Amr said on his official Facebook page that the ministers are also set to “deal with the repercussions of the decision to postpone the conference to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.”
The conference, which was due to be held in 2012, was postponed in November. The sponsors (UN, United States, Russia and the United Kingdom) decided to postpone it because not all of the states in the region had agreed to attend. At the time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Arab League pointed the finger at Israel, claiming that it was un-cooperative.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal were in Cairo last week and met with President Mohamed Morsy for talks on Palestinian unification.