Cold peace is preferable to nothing: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi

"We discussed a series of issues in the diplomatic, security and economic spheres, as well as ways to deepen ties and strengthen the interests of our countries," Bennett said

Cold peace is preferable to nothing: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met yesterday (Monday) with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh. In their meeting, the leaders discussed a series of issues, including ways of deepening and strengthening cooperation between the countries, with an emphasis on expanding the scope of two-way trade, as well as regional and international issues.   

Prime Minister Bennett thanked President Al-Sisi for Egypt's important role in the region, pointing out that the peace agreement between the two countries that was signed more than 40 years ago continues to serve as a cornerstone of security and stability in the Middle East.   

The prime minister emphasized the significant role played by Egypt in maintaining security in the Gaza Strip, and in finding a solution of the issue of the Israeli captives and missing in Gaza.  

At the end of the meeting, the prime minister thanked the president for the hospitality in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The two leaders agreed on the continued deepening of cooperation and dialogue between the countries in all fields. 

"I have just finished a first visit with the President of Egypt. The meeting was very important and very good. During the meeting, first and foremost, we created a foundation for deep ties in the future," Bennett said. 

"We discussed a series of issues in the diplomatic, security and economic spheres, as well as ways to deepen ties and strengthen the interests of our countries."

"Israel is increasingly opening up to the countries of the region, and the basis of this longstanding recognition is the peace between Israel and Egypt. Therefore, on both sides we must invest in strengthening this link, and we have done so today."