Kerry in Cairo for talks on Egypt's politics, Mideast peace

Lapid, who for years has been promoting a regional peace summit involving Egypt and Jordan, welcomed Sisi's speech, though he insisted that any such summit should not impose terms on Israel.

"Israel is ready to participate with Egypt and other Arab states in advancing both the diplomatic process and stability in the region", Netanyahu said.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that Palestinians and Israelis have a "real opportunity" to achieve peace, stressing the importance of the global community to aid in that effort. We as Egypt are prepared to take on this role.

But Kerry was also keen to hear more from the Egyptian leader about how he intends to help broker peace between his Israeli and Palestinian neighbours.

Al-Ayyam said that an Israeli court in Jerusalem made a decision to force three Palestinian families out of their homes located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, under the pretext that the three homes are a "Jewish" property.

Kerry and Sisi also discussed regional issues such as the conflict in Syria and the ongoing tensions in Libya, according to the State Department.

Netanyahu has called on France, which is convening and hosting the summit, to cancel the meeting, saying it gives the Palestinians an excuse to avoid face-to-face negotiations.

Some in the worldwide community are becoming frustrated with that approach, and France - and now Egypt - are pushing for a quicker resumption of efforts to seek a final deal. "We ve also said that we re not ourselves trying to resume negotiations at this point", the United States official said.

Al-Sisi noted the historic 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as proof that a lasting truce can be held.

Egypt's President Sisi has enjoyed a positive relationship with both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told France's foreign minister on Sunday that Israel remained opposed to a French initiative for an global conference to try to revive peace talks.

There have been persistent but unconfirmed reports in Washington that US President Barack Obama is considering making a major speech to emphasise and better define US support for the two-state solution.


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