During the UN General Assembly’s 2017 meeting, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi encouraged Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement. “This type of opportunity may never appear again,” he stressed. “We have in our hands the opportunity to change the face of history and achieve regional peace.”
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed the UN General Assembly Tuesday, encouraging the Palestinian people to unite and achieve a peace agreement with Israel. “Take advantage of the opportunity in order to achieve stability and security for the good of all,” he said, addressing the Palestinian public. Amid the chances of Fatah renewing talks with Hamas, Sisi urged the Palestinians to end the political divide: “This is the most important matter, unite and overcome your differences.”
During his speech, Sisi also addressed the Israeli people. “The peace agreement between us has been successful for 40 years,” he said. “This can be done with the Palestinians as well in order to achieve peace and security for the citizens of Israel and the Palestinians.” The Egyptian leader further attempted to encourage the Israeli public: “Don’t hesitate. Support your political leadership. This type of opportunity may never appear again. We are standing by your side to make this current attempt succeed.”
“I turn to the countries of the world, to my brothers in the Arab states,” he added. “We all need to support the negotiation efforts. We have in our hands the opportunity to change the face of history and achieve regional peace.”
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Sisi in New York. This was the first time the two leaders have sat down together since Sisi became the president of Egypt. “President Sisi expressed his desire to help the efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement about the meeting.