Egypt rejects managing security in post-war Gaza: Senior Egyptian officials
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi rejected a proposal for Egypt to manage security in Gaza until the Palestinian Authority (PA) can take over after the end of the war, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing senior Egyptian officials. The proposal came from US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns during a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday with El-Sisi and Abbas Kamel, head of Egyptian intelligence, according to the New York-based newspaper. El-Sisi asserted that the Egyptian government “wouldn’t play a role in eliminating Hamas as it needs the militant group to help maintain security at the country’s border with the Gaza Strip,” the officials added. Furthermore, El-Sisi confirmed Egypt's rejection of an “Israeli presence” in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian sources said according to a Sky News Arabia correspondent on Thursday, adding that Cairo has also rejected any presence of NATO or any foreign forces inside the strip "under any guise." El-Sisi also reiterated that Cairo sees no settlement for the Palestinian cause but the two-state solution, the sources added.
El Sisi and Raisi meeting in Riyadh a step towards boosting Egypt-Iran ties
Egypt and Iran took a giant step towards establishing full diplomatic ties when their leaders met for the first time on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh on Saturday. The meeting between Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi received little publicity, with focus directed on the summit itself, where leaders from more than 50 nations discussed ways to end the Gaza war, now in its sixth week. Relations between the two regional powerhouses have been fraught for decades. The meeting was held amid fears that the Gaza war could escalate into a wider conflict involving groups loyal to Iran and others and because of the high death toll among civilians in Gaza. Iran is the main backer of the Palestinian Hamas group whose deadly foray into southern Israel on October 7 drew a harsh response from Israel.
Egypt's parliament grants Sisi a "mandate" to protect national security
Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – gave President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the armed forces Thursday a "mandate" to take all the necessary measures to ensure Egypt's national security and protect Egypt from foreign threats, particularly Israel's attempts to deport Palestinians in Gaza to Sinai. A statement read out by the House's deputy speaker, Ahmed Saadeddin, hailed President El-Sisi's condemnation of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and his total rejection of Israel's attempt to displace the Palestinians in Gaza and relocate them to Sinai. "This is a war crime and an immoral attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause," the House's statement said. The statement added that with distressed hearts, Egypt's parliament follows "the horrible atrocities being committed by the Israeli occupation forces against innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza." Killing innocent civilians and shelling Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza on Tuesday represents a crime against humanity, the statement said, adding that Israel is not acting in self-defence but systematically destroying the Palestinians’ infrastructure in Gaza. The House also decided to send a message in Arabic and English to the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union, outlining the position of the Egyptian parliament on Israel's violation of international law and its war crimes in Palestine.
Arab Parliament hails Egypt's stance in support of Palestinian cause
The Arab Parliament praised Egypt's position in support of the Palestinian cause, stressing that the Egyptian state, led by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, always aims to win Arab and humanitarian issues. Representative Alaa Abed, deputy of the Arab Parliament, said in exclusive statements to “Youm7”: “The stance of the Egyptian political leadership from the first moment is clear and honest, which is to support the Palestinian cause and work to revive the path of peace, the two-state solution, and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine across the borders of June 4, 1967, with its capital as East Jerusalem." The Deputy Speaker of the Arab Parliament explained that all Arabs consider Palestine as their cause, noting that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made and received communications showing the world’s keenness to implement a truce in the Gaza Strip. Abed stressed that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s movements regarding the Palestinian issue confirm Egypt’s pivotal role, adding: “The Egyptian people stand behind President El-Sisi and back him in his decisions in supporting the Palestinian people.