Israel’s prime minister visits Egypt first time in decades.
Written by crest887fm on September 14, 2021
Israel’s prime minister has made an official trip to neighbouring Egypt for the first time in a decade.
Naftali Bennett described his talks with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as “very important and very good”.
Egypt said they had discussed regional issues, including ways to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Mr Bennett, who succeeded long-time Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in June, was invited to visit last month. Netanyahu was the last Israeli head of government to make an official visit to Egypt in 2011, when he met then-President Hosni Mubarak just over a month before he was ousted by a popular uprising.He was reported to have also travelled secretly to Egypt in 2018 for unofficial talks with Mr Sisi, who led the military’s overthrow of Mubarak’s democratically elected successor in 2013 following mass protests. They also met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York several times.
Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but relations between the neighbours have often been cool.