Abbas in Cairo Thursday, to meet Sisi Saturday; 2-state solution to be discussed
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas - AFP/Khaled Desouki

CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Saturday to promote a two-state solution for the Palestinians to live with Israel, an official in the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo told The Cairo Post Thursday morning.

Abbas will arrive in Cairo Thursday evening in a three-day visit to attend the Arab Peace Initiative meetings at the Cairo-based Arab League chaired by Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo.

“There is no alternative to the two-state solution in the negotiations between both presidents,” the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

Abbas will discuss international recognition of Palestine during the Arab League meetings; it is also expected that Arab foreign Ministers will adopt Abbas’ efforts for the recognition of a Palestinian state, he added.

The Arab Peace Initiative was declared by the Arab League in Beirut in 2002; it calls for Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories seized in 1967, the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for Palestinian refugees in return for normalizing relations with Israel.

Abbas visited Egypt on Oct. 12 when Cairo along with Norway sponsored an international donor conference for Gaza reconstruction after last summer’s 51-day Israel-Gaza war.

Abbas’ visit coincides with the reopening of the Egypt-Gaza border crossing at Rafah for two days to allow stranded Palestinians to enter and leave from both sides. The crossing was closed for around a month after an Oct. 24 militant attack in North Sinai killed over 30 soldiers.

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