Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed Cairo’s determination to continue its efforts to consolidate the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and support reconstruction efforts.
During his meeting with the European Union’s envoy to the Middle East peace process, Sven Copmans, Shoukry stressed the importance of providing a real will and an appropriate atmosphere to revive the negotiating track to reach the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
For his part, Compans valued Egypt’s role in supporting peace efforts, expressing his aspiration to continue coordination and consultation with Cairo to support the current efforts to advance the peace process and activate the role of the International Quartet during the coming period.
Since April 2014, the peace process between Palestine and Israel has been frozen due to the latter’s refusal to stop settlements in the occupied territories and accept the 1967 borders as a basis for negotiating the establishment of a Palestinian state.
On the eighth of last February, calls were overshadowed at the meeting of Arab foreign ministers for strong Arab action and mobilization of international support to launch a new negotiating path between Palestine and Israel, and the same thing was renewed after the establishment of a ceasefire in the Palestinian territories.
At the dawn of last May 21, a ceasefire came into effect between Israel and the Palestinian resistance factions, brokered by Egypt, after an 11-day military confrontation, during which Israel launched hundreds of air raids and artillery shelling on the Gaza Strip, causing the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinians.