The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany asserted the need to make use of peace deals recently signed between Israel and some Arab states to achieve a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi and the foreign ministers of Germany and France, Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian, respectively, probed at Tahrir palace in Cairo on Monday ways to push forward the Middle East peace process for a just and lasting peace in the region.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the ministers discussed the outcome of their recent communication with the Palestinian and Israeli foreign ministers, welcoming the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume cooperation subject to Israel’s compliance with previous agreements among the conflict parties.
In reference to their joint declaration following a similar meeting hosted by Amman in September 23, 2020, the ministers reaffirmed their full commitment to supporting all efforts aimed at achieving a permanent and durable peace in the Middle East based on the international law, relevant UN resolutions and agreed-upon determinants as contemplated in the Arab Peace Initiative.
They also underscored their commitment to a two-state solution that ensures the Palestinian people’s right to establish a viable independent state based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In addition, the ministers expressed their willingness to cooperate with the United Sates to launch a genuine peace process, urging all parties to refrain from taking any unilateral action that could undermine the chances of reaching a just and durable solution to the conflict.
They also reiterated their call for implementing relevant UN Security Council resolutions to put an immediate end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.
Welcoming recent intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts, the ministers pledged to support Egypt’s endeavors in this regard to end a years-long rift between the Hamas and Fatah Palestinian factions.
Applauding the humanitarian role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Palestinian people, the ministers called upon the international community to help the agency end its current severe fiscal deficit.
Finally, the ministers agreed to hold their next meeting in France.
Source: State Information Service Egypt