Original Title: Israeli Foreign Minister visited Egypt for the first time in 13 years to discuss the consolidation of a Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire Source: CCTV News Client
May 30th, local time,Israeli Foreign Minister Ashkenazi arrived in Cairo for a visit. This is the first official visit to Egypt by an Israeli foreign minister in 13 years.
On the same day, Egyptian Foreign Minister Shukri held talks with Ashkenazi. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that the meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries is part of Egypt’s unremitting and continuous efforts to consolidate the Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire and resume the peace process.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Shukri emphasized during the talks that “all practices that lead to increased tensions and conflicts must be stopped” and “appropriate conditions” are created to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations as soon as possible.
The two sides also discussed the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Ashkenazi emphasized that it is necessary to ensure that Hamas is prohibited from benefiting from the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. He also said that Israel insisted that Hamas release the Israelis detained by it.
After arriving at Cairo Airport, Ashkenazi posted on social media that he would discuss with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Shukri on reaching a permanent ceasefire with Hamas. In addition, the two sides will also exchange views on issues such as the role of the international community in providing humanitarian assistance to Gaza and the reconstruction of Gaza.
After the latest round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on May 10, under the active mediation of Egypt, Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement on the 21st, ending the 11-day military conflict. Currently, Egypt is making efforts to consolidate the Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire and restart the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. (Headquarters reporter Liu Suyun)
(Edit Zhang Baiyi)