Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has affirmed his country’s keenness to support the State of Palestine, and Cairo’s full commitment to its historical approach in devoting its efforts and diplomatic moves at all levels, with the aim of meeting the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the basis of the borders of 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
This came during a joint press conference held by Madbouly with his Palestinian counterpart, Mohamed Shtayyeh, following a consultation session that included officials from both sides.
In his speech during the conference, Shtayyeh expressed the Palestinian government’s appreciation for the diplomatic efforts made by the Egyptian state and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the Palestinian cause in all international forums.
Madbouly touched on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative for the reconstruction of Gaza, which he announced in May 2021, noting that the Egyptian government is working to implement a number of stages in the initiative.
The Prime Minister said that it is fortunate that the talks with Palestine are held at the cabinet’s headquarters in the new administrative capital and are the first official talks hosted by this new headquarters.
Madbouly pointed out that this visit comes at a very important time, in light of the successive developments in the region and the occupied Palestinian territories, which threatens stability, fuels violence, and casts a negative shadow on the aspirations of our peoples towards consolidating peace and coexistence.
He also indicated that during the talks, it was stressed the need to stop unilateral measures that increase the state of tension among the Palestinian people, in order to create the appropriate atmosphere for the resumption of negotiations and to restore hope for achieving a comprehensive and just peace based on the two-state solution, in accordance with the decisions of international legitimacy.
As for the bilateral relations, the Prime Minister stated that the talks touched on many issues of cooperation emanating from the consensuses that took place on Tuesday during the talks that took place between the Palestinian delegation with their Egyptian counterparts.
Talks included proposals to increase the volume of trade exchange and to enhance access to Egyptian goods and products to the Palestinian market, as well as strengthening cooperation in the fields: health, agricultural, educational, cultural, electrical connection, and other fields.
Moreover, Madbouly pointed out that the talks concluded with the signing of a protocol of political consultations between the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the State of Palestine, and a protocol of cooperation in the agricultural field between the Ministries of Agriculture in Egypt and Palestine, stressing his confidence that the coming period will witness the activation of more joint cooperation frameworks.