Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr called on Israel to stop Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem which he said threatens the two-state solution, official Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram's website reported.

Amr, who chairs an Egyptian ministerial committee on Palestine, said it was imperative that the committee work towards a just and comprehensive settlement for the Palestinian issue based on international law.

The Egyptian foreign minister also called on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian prisoners, as more than 1,600 Palestinian detainees protest the Israeli policy of holding people it deems a security threat in custody without receiving a formal trial.

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