(11 Jan 2021) Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
In a joint statement, the ministers called for practical steps to launch “credible negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians on achieving a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital in territory Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
The ministers said they were ready to work with the US to facilitate negotiations that would lead to “a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region”.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry said the establishment of an independent Palestinian state should not threaten Israel’s security.
The Palestinians suffered numerous setbacks under the outgoing US administration of President Donald Trump and have complained about what they say were pro-Israeli steps from Washington.
They have said, however, that they are ready to work with the incoming Biden administration.
Trump has sidelined the Palestinian Authority, recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv, slashed financial assistance for the Palestinians and reversed course on the illegitimacy of Israeli settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians.
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