Excessive-level talks had been held in Egypt and Israel on Sunday over the small print of a fragile truce with Hamas within the Palestinian Territories.
The discussions revolved across the ceasefire and efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip after a punishing 11-day warfare left elements of the seaside enclave in ruins.
By the point the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire got here into impact on Might 21, rockets fired from Gaza had killed 13 Israelis whereas bombardment by the Israel Protection Forces killed 248 Palestinians.
Egyptian Overseas Minister Sameh Shukry acquired his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, in Cairo on Sunday as a part of Egypt’s efforts to “construct on the cease-fire in Gaza,” the Egyptian Overseas Ministry mentioned.
Spokesman Ahmed Hafez mentioned Shukry had referred to as for “critical and constructive” negotiations between the 2 sides. Sunday marked the primary public go to by an Israeli international minister to Egypt since 2008.
As a part of the cease-fire efforts, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu additionally hosted Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s intelligence chief, in Jerusalem.
An Egyptian official informed AP the talks had touched on a set of measures that will permit supplies, electrical energy and gas into Gaza, in addition to the attainable enlargement of maritime house allowed for Gaza fishing fleets.
“The position of the Palestinian Authority is central within the talks,” he mentioned. “Egypt is searching for to have it deeply concerned within the reconstruction course of.”
Kamel was additionally resulting from meet with Palestinian officers within the West Financial institution earlier than heading to Gaza for talks with Hamas leaders.
Egypt’s state-run MENA information company mentioned Kamel would convey a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, affirming “Egypt’s full assist to the Palestinian folks”.
Egypt has supplied ensures that rebuilding funds won’t discover their option to Hamas, with the cash doubtlessly going by way of a global physique led by Egypt or the United Nations that will oversee the spending.