CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his U.S. counterpart John Kerry on talks he will pursue with the Palestinians and Israel, according to a Tuesday statement by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdel Abou Zeid.
Kerry informed his Egyptian counterpart, who is in Asia to prepare for a visit by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to South Korea and Japan, of his view of the discussions he will hold starting Tuesday and also heard the Egyptian outlook in this regard, Abou Zeid stated.
The phone call also tackled the development of crises in Syria and Libya, as well as preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris Nov. 30, the statement added.
A senior U.S. official said that the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State is not intended to resume peace talks on a two-state solution, but rather to restore calmness, the Guardian reported Nov. 21.
Ahead of his visit, Israel launched an airstrike on Gaza on Monday evening, according to Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee.