Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech outside the Supreme Council in Cairo .
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Cairo is willing to contribute its share for the sake of peace and “will not allow terrorism from our territory toward our neighbors, including Israel,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday.
Sisi, in an interview with France 24, also said there was a need to give the Palestinians hope, and that is something he recently told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“When I talk to Prime Minister Netanyahu I always tell him we need to deliver some hope to the Palestinians, we have to give them a state, so they can live in peace alongside the Israeli people,” he said.
Guarantees need to be given to “the emerging Palestinian state” and to Israel so that “none of the two countries will be a danger to the other country. Without this, the tension and instability will last,” Sisi said.
Pointing to the Israel-Egypt peace treaty that has lasted almost 40 years, Sisi said a “courageous process” was needed. “Who could have believed that the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt would have lasted so long.
Maybe some time there are some bad feelings regarding this treaty. I think that courage to take this initiative will create a new deal for the whole area, and from our side we are ready to contribute to deliver guarantees for peace without danger to the Palestinians or to the Israelis.”