King, Egyptian President discuss bilateral ties, regional developments

Cairo, His Majesty King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday held talks in Cairo on the Palestinian issue and mechanisms of enhancing bilateral relations.

During the talks, the two leaders expressed pride in the distinguished level of the Jordanian-Egyptian relations, stressing keenness on promoting them in various fields.

They also stressed the need to maximize economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries, especially after signing a memorandum of understanding recently to establish a coordination council for investment cooperation.

The King and the Egyptian president also affirmed the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between the two brotherly countries on various issues of common concern and the current regional developments.

The talks also dealt with the latest developments in the Palestinian arena including the moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and the Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza.

King Abdullah and the Egyptian leader stressed the need to support the Palestinians in their efforts to achieve their legitimate national aspirations to establish an independent Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.

In this regard, King Abdullah stressed that protecting the Palestinian people and enabling them to realize their legitimate rights should be at the top of the agenda of the international community, expressing Jordan’s condemnation and rejection of Israeli escalation and violence against the Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

The two leaders pointed out that the continued absence of prospects for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue will lead to further instability in the region and that Jerusalem issue must be settled within final status issues on the basis of the two-state solution.

The talks also tackled a number of regional issues including the need to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria, in addition to efforts to fight terrorism within a comprehensive approach.

During the talks, which were attended by the Egyptian Prime Minister and other senior officials, al-Sisi stressed keenness to strengthen the “strategic and historical” relations between the two countries, affirming Egypt’s keenness to coordinate with Jordan on various common concern issues.

The talks were attended by the Prime Minister, the Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Minister, the Director of the General Intelligence Department, the King’s Advisor, and the Jordanian Ambassador in Cairo.

The Egyptian President hosted an Iftar banquet in honor of His Majesty the King and the accompanying delegation.

Source: Jordan News Agency