Egypt's Sisi to host Israeli PM Bennett at Sharm El-Sheikh meeting: report

Egypt's Sisi to host Israeli PM Bennett at Sharm El-Sheikh meeting: report
The alleged visit is said to take place after a trilateral summit between Egypt, Jordan, and PA leaders on Thursday, which Bennett will not attend.
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02 September, 2021
The Egyptian leader is said to hold the public meeting very "soon" [Getty]

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi will host Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet at Sharm El-Sheikh this week, after a meeting with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders concludes, according to reports.

Sisi invited the new Israeli premier to an official visit in Egypt on 18 August, a statement issued by Bennett's office said.

A public meeting between the two leaders will now take place "soon" at the Sharm El-Sheikh, Israeli broadcaster KAN reported, soon after a trilateral summit between Egypt, Jordan, and Palestinian heads of state.

Egyptian sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed,  they have ruled out Bennett's inclusion at the Cairo summit and that Sisi's decision to meet the Israeli prime minister in the Sinai resort instead was intentional.

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This comes as Israel eased restrictions on the Gaza Strip, including expanding the Palestinian fishing zone to 15 miles.

On Thursday, Palestine's official Wafa news agency said Israeli naval forces shot at multiple Palestinian fishing vessels just one day after this provision.

Israel also increased the number of Palestinians who can enter Israel. 

Bennett and Sisi have agreed to discuss issues such as Israeli prisoners held by Hamas.

KAN's political correspondent, Gilly Cohen, added that the easing of restrictions are related to Bennett's meeting with Sisi, as Egypt continues to push for truce agreements in Gaza. 

Egypt played a key role in negotiations between Israel and Hamas, including a ceasefire, following Israel's 11-day bombardment of Gaza. 

The last time an Israeli prime minister made a public visit to Egypt was in 2011, when Benjamin Netanyahu met former President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh.