The Palestinian cause will always remain a priority for Egypt, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told his Palestinian counterpart during a meeting in Cairo on Saturday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was on a three day visit to Egypt where he was scheduled to speak with Mr El-Sisi about Israeli-Palestinian relations and reconciliation efforts between his Fatah Party and Hamas, the militant rulers of Gaza.
President El-Sisi offered assurances that Egypt remains committed to advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people under international law, his spokesman told reporters after the meeting.
Egypt will also continue working with rival factions Hamas and Fatah to achieve greater Palestinian unity, spokesman Bassam Rady said. The two parties have been at odds since 2007 when Hamas expelled the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority from Gaza, after it contested Hamas’ 2006 election victory in the enclave.
During Saturday’s meeting, President Abbas reiterated his belief to President El-Sisi that a planned US peace deal will not be fair to the Palestinians.