Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Tuesday that the Arab-Israeli “continues to be the core of regional instability in the Middle East” and called for “joint efforts by the countries of the region and the international community to reach a final and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”
He made the comments during his address at the UN General Assembly, during which he urged Israel to “write a bright page” in Middle East history and make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“Permit me to deviate from the written statement to address an appeal to the Israeli leadership and Israeli people,” Sisi said, according to AFP.
“We have a real opportunity to write a bright page in the history of our region, to move toward peace,” he added.
Sisi claimed that “Egypt continues to pursue its utmost efforts to achieve peace in the region” and called for negotiations to reach a final settlement on the basis of the “two-state solution”.
“Egypt affirms that the hand of peace remains extended in the form of the Arab Peace Initiative,” the Egyptian President continued, a reference to the 2002 initiative, which says that 22 Arab countries will normalize ties with Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.