Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan voiced their firm opposition to any attempts to displace Palestinians. The two leaders convened at Al-Ittihadiya Palace, focusing on the escalating situation in Gaza.
According to a statement from Egypt's presidency, the meeting also emphasized the need for an urgent ceasefire to facilitate the entry of critically needed humanitarian aid into the region. The statement detailed the leaders' call for a "fair and comprehensive solution" to the ongoing conflict.
They proposed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, adhering to the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This stance reflects their commitment to addressing the Palestinian issue in a manner that respects historical boundaries and cultural significance.
Egypt and Jordan's Role in Regional Stability
The meeting in Cairo came on the heels of Egypt's introduction of a new peace plan, which, as per Reuters citing Egyptian security sources, was rejected by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Despite this setback, Egypt, along with Qatar, has been instrumental in fostering temporary ceasefire agreements in the past. Notably, their efforts in November were pivotal in securing the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
In the broader context of regional stability, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's anticipated visit to Israel and other Middle East stops next week is of great significance. An Israeli official informed CNN about Blinken's tour, which aims to discuss the future course of action in the Israel-Hamas war.
Focusing on Humanitarian and Diplomatic Efforts
The White House, engaging in these pressing issues, saw Ron Dermer, a member of Israel’s war cabinet and former ambassador to the United States, engage in extended talks with Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
A White House official told CNN that their discussions revolved around transitioning to a new phase in the war, concentrating on high-value Hamas targets while also working to improve the humanitarian situation and minimize civilian harm. The talks also covered securing the release of remaining hostages and planning for post-conflict Gaza.