Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with the Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, in the Ministry’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
Shoukry underscored the importance of halting all measures and actions that target the Arab Islamic and Christian identity of Jerusalem and its sanctities, and aim at changing the historical and legal status quo of the city.
The FM warned that the escalation affects the stability of the Palestinian territories.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ambassador Ahmed Hafez said Rajoub briefed Shoukry on the challenges facing Palestinians and the escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as the violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites in Jerusalem.
According to Hafez, Shoukry reiterated that the continued expansion of settlement activity, whether through building new settlements or expanding existing ones, the confiscation of lands and the displacement of Palestinians undermine the chances of reaching a two-state solution and the prospect for establishing a comprehensive and just peace in the region.
The FM further confirmed Egypt’s firm position on supporting the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
He underlined the need to hold talks to revive the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and reach a political solution that would end the Israeli occupation of Palestine along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Rajoub hailed Cairo’s supportive stance for the Palestinian cause and valued efforts to achieve Palestinian national reconciliation and help Palestinians address the various challenges.