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Diana Alghoul

Egypt's peace with Israel is 'stable and permanent': Sisi

Sisi is a longtime ally of Israel [AFP]

Date of publication: 5 November, 2018

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During the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, Sisi asserted that Egypt's relations with Israel are permanent.

Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi hailed Cairo’s relations with Israel, saying peace with Jewish state is inherent in Egypt’s history and something previous leaders have worked hard to achieve.

Speaking in Sharm el-Sheikh at World Youth Forum 2018, Sisi asserted that "the peace agreement with Israel is stable and permanent.”

He also touched on the perceived wisdom of former President Anwar Saddat who was allegedly ahead of his time as he “raised his idea of peace, no one thought that this idea would one day be acceptable in the general opinion”.

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Sadat made peace with Israel at the infamous Camp David accords in 1978 to the fury of much of the Arab world.

The last quarter of this year has seen a surge in Arab states normalising relations with Israel, sparking anger among Palestinians, who have for decades allowed their liberation movement to be centre to the pan-Arab movement.

Last month, Oman said that it is time to accept Israel as a state in the Middle East, a day after hosting a surprise visit by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this," Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate's minister responsible for foreign affairs, told a security summit in Bahrain.

"The world is also aware of this fact. Maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as others states] and also bear the same obligations."

"We are not saying that the road is now easy and paved with flowers, but our priority is to put an end to the conflict and move to a new world," bin Alawi told the summit.

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