Talking about two-state solution not enough, says Egyptian minister

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NEW YORK – In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke to Al-Monitor about today’s UN General Assembly speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Here are excerpts from Shoukry’s comments:

“I recognize that Prime Minister Lapid has publicly expressed his support for a two-state solution. This is something we have constantly advocated in our discussions with both the Israeli government and our partners in the European Union and the United States, and we hope the solution will be achieved.

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We recognize, of course, that there are elections in Israel and that it is necessary to await the election process and the composition of a new Israeli government.

We hope that that government will endorse the two-state solution and effectively resume and implement negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

It is not enough to declare your intentions.

More than three decades after Oslo, the vision of establishing an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in security and peace, has not been realized.

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And I can understand the disappointment expressed in President Abbas’ speech for exactly the same reason.”

Shoukry also discussed COP27, diplomacy around the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, US-Egyptian relations and human rights. Check back Saturday for more details.

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