CAIRO, August 24, 2014 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas concluded on Sunday a three-day official visit to Egypt, during which he held a series of meetings with top ranking state and security officials in an effort to reach a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.
Following a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, Abbas stressed that stopping the bloodshed in Gaza is a top priority for the Palestinian leadership and that both leaders agreed on the shape of a clear and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
During the visit, Abbas also held meetings with the Arab League Secretary-General, Nabil al-Arabi, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shukri, and Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramadan La’mamreh. Hel also met with Egyptian Intelligence Minister, Mohammad Tuhami, and delegations from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Islamic Jihad movement and others.
Egypt has recently brokered ceasefire talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, which have failed following indirect negotiations between the Palestinian-Israeli sides, and is currently urging both sides to return to the negotiation table to advance a peaceful solution.