Sisi, South Africa’s special envoys to Middle East talk Palestinian issue
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with South Africa's Special Envoys to the Middle East Zola Skweyiya and Aziz Pahad in Cairo on Thursday Feb. 25, 2016- Photo courtesy of Egypt's Presidential Office.

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with South Africa’s Special Envoys to the Middle East Zola Skweyiya and Aziz Pahad, and discussed the deteriorating human situations in Palestinian territories, Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement Thursday.

The Envoys convoyed President Sisi a message from South African President Jacob Zuma on “grave” humanitarian conditions in Gaza strip, deteriorating security situation in the Palestinian territories, settlement expansion in the West Bank, and the stalled Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Youssef added.

President Sisi stressed Egypt’s commitment to enhancing relations with South Africa, confirming that the Palestinian issue will always remain a top priority for Egypt’s foreign policy, Youssef continued.

“He (Sisi) noted that Egypt will spare no effort to push forward peace endeavors in order to reach a just and comprehensive settlement that will grant the Palestinian people their legitimate rights by establishing a Palestinian state along the June 4, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” Youssef said.

In mid-September, clashes erupted between the two communities after Israeli forces raided the plaza of Al-Aqsa Mosque to stop alleged attempts by Palestinians to block the Mughrabi Gate, the only entrance for non-Muslims.

During the past few weeks, violence, in which dozens of people have been killed, escalated particularly after two Israelis were shot dead by Palestinians in the West Bank.

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