CAIRO: Quartet Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning to discuss with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry negotiations for an end to the current Israeli- Palestinian conflict, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty told The Cairo Post.
It expected that Shoukry will also meet United Nations Special Coordinator for Mideast Peace Robert Serry on Wednesday, MENA reported.
Israel and Hamas announced Monday evening that they had agreed to a new 72-hour truce starting Tuesday following talks in Cairo. The new ceasefire—mediated by Egypt—came into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Several international figures arrived in Cairo during the past few weeks to meet with Egyptian officials over the ongoing conflict in Gaza and to reach a settlement and permanent truce.
Last Tuesday, a high-level Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian officials on a permanent truce in the latest offensive on the Gaza Strip, Youm7 reported.
A Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad also entered Egypt Tuesday through the Rafah border crossing to join the negotiations.
At least 1,865 Palestinians have been killed and 9,470 injured during the nearly month-long Israeli offensive according to the latest figures issued from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Saturday Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the presidential palace in Heliopolis to discuss regional issues including Gaza and Libya. The two leaders held a joint press conference.
Foreign Ministry officials received as well a European Commission delegation that arrived in Cairo as part of a tour to include also Ramallah and Tel Aviv, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official Facebook account.
Shoukry also received Saturday a high-level delegation from South Africa, including two envoys to the Palestinian territories and Israel, Abdel Atty said on the ministry’s Facebook page.