13 December 2017 05:02 PM

Sisi: Jerusalem file should be handled carefully

Thursday، 07 December 2017 - 12:33 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting on Wednesday with Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouli and Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tareq Amer.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of defense, foreign affairs, interior, electricity, justice, finance as well as water resources and irrigation in addition to the head of the general intelligence service and the chairman of the Administrative Control Authority.

The talks reviewed the latest developments of a number of regional files, topped by the Palestinian issue, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The meeting also tackled the decision expected to be taken by the US administration on the relocation of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the decision's possible negative impacts on the efforts exerted to resume the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and settle peace in the Middle East.

On that score, Sisi underscored the importance of dealing carefully with this file, particularly in line with Jerusalem’s legal, religious and historic status for Arab and Muslim peoples.

The meeting also tackled the latest developments of the Yemeni situation in light of the escalation and violence that increased over the past few days following the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

President Sisi asserted the importance of adopting a peaceful solution to the Yemen's crisis and preserving its unity, stressing that the current deterioration only serves the interests of the extremist and terrorist groups that seek to undermine the region’s stability in implementation for foreign agendas.

The spokesman added that the meeting also reviewed Egypt’s relations with African countries and means of boosting joint cooperation between the two sides.

In this regard, the meeting discussed the latest preparations for Africa 2017 forum, slated to be held on Thursday through Saturday under the auspices of President Sisi to discuss the issues related to development and trade in Africa.

Separately, the conferees tackled a number of internal issues, including the interior ministry’s efforts to enforce security nationwide and safeguard vital facilities.

The meeting also followed up the economic situation with regard to the current exchange rate and the measures taken to maintain monetary stability and increase foreign currency reserves. 

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