Egypt's Sisi congratulates Netanyahu as he pushes for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Egyptian presidency stated that Sisi "stressed the importance of achieving just and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi in New York.  (photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi in New York.
(photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pushed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks when he called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to congratulate him on the formation of his government last week.

Sisi “stressed the importance of achieving just and comprehensive peace” between Israelis and Palestinians, the office of the Egyptian presidency stated.

This would “contribute to realizing security and prosperity for all the peoples of the region,” Sisi said. He also emphasized the importance of avoiding  “any measures that would lead to tension and complicate the situation in the region.”

Netanyahu’s office said that the “two leaders stressed the importance of promoting peace, stability and security for the sake of both peoples and for all peoples in the Middle East,” but it did not mention the Palestinians.

They also spoke of ways to improve bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed regional developments.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting ahead of the UN General Assembly last September (2017). (credit: REUTERS)Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting ahead of the UN General Assembly last September (2017). (credit: REUTERS)

Under the previous government, Israel had approved a plan to increase trade with Egypt to $700 million. This included upgrading the Nitzana Crossing between Israel and Egypt.

Sisi is one of a number of regional leaders who have reached out to Netanyahu after an 18-month hiatus from the premiership.

UAE President congratulated Netanyahu

On Saturday, United Arab Emirates President Mohammed bin Zayed called to congratulate him. Prior to leaving office in 2021, Netanyahu had been scheduled to visit the UAE, but his failure to form a government at that time kept him from making the trip.

Bin Zayed has again invited Netanyahu along with his wife Sarah to visit.

“The two leaders agreed that the visit would take place soon,” Netanyahu said.

Jordan’s King Abdullah had called Netanyahu last month after he won the November elections.