Egyptian President meets American Jewish leaders

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has productive discussion with the leaders of the Conference of Presidents.

Ben Ariel,

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Reuters

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi on Thursday met with the leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Cairo, the website of the Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The sides discussed a number of issues including Egyptian-American relations, according to the report.

They also discussed the latest regional developments with a focus on Syria and Libya as well as the Middle East peace process.

The Jewish American leaders described the two-hour meeting as a "very productive discussion" on the conference's official website.

The leaders arrived in Cairo several days after they visited Turkey, where they met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israel and Egypt have a peace treaty that was signed in 1979, but relations became tense after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi took over the presidency in 2012.

At one point, Morsi recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.

Sisi subsequently ousted Morsi and replaced him as president, following which there has been an improvement in Israel-Egypt ties.

Most recently, Egypt's appointed a new ambassador to Israel, Hazem Khairat, who arrived in Tel Aviv last month and later also met with Dr. Dore Gold, director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry.

Under Morsi’s regime there were calls to urgently change the peace treaty with Israel, with an adviser to the Islamist president saying that in its current form, the historic treaty maintains the national security of the “Zionist enemy” more than it helps Egypt's national security.

Since Sisi has taken office, however, substantial progress has been made in the relations between the two countries, and it is believed he is interested in restoring them to the level at which they were during the rule of Hosni Mubarak.




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