CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Egypt Thursday to continue talks about the situation in Gaza and the possibility to implement Egypt’s ceasefire initiative.
John Kerry visited Egypt earlier this week, met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and discussed the current situation before he traveled to Tel Aviv where he met with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli prime minster, Binyamin Netanyahu.
“We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done.” Kerry was quoted as saying by AFP.
Kerry and Abbas discussed ways to put an end to the ongoing clashes and violence along with the mechanism of establishing a mutual peaceful environment, according to al-Bawaba on Wednesday.
Abbas handed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a 5-day ceasefire initiative to present to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting Wednesday, according to Sky News Arabia.
Abbas’ initiative calls for an immediate ceasefire between Palestinian factions and the Israeli army. It also calls for a 5 day truce during which the parties concerned would discuss lifting the blockade on Gaza and opening the Gaza crossings under the full control of the Palestinian presidential guard as well as the reconstruction of Gaza.
Lifting the buffer zone along the Gaza-Israel borders is also among other terms in Abbas’s initiative.