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Egyptian and Israeli leaders discuss the Middle East peace process

Egyptian and Israeli leaders discuss the Middle East peace process

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have held talks on how to resolve the Middle East peace process.

The two leaders met on Monday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Sisi separately met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his residency, where they agreed to continue to work toward a two-state solution.

The meeting came just days after Egypt helped broker an agreement with the Palestinian Hamas group to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza and hold talks with Abbas’ Fatah movement, its Palestinian rivals .

Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognize Israel under the U.S.-sponsored peace accord in 1979.

In recent weeks, Egypt has hosted delegations from Fatah and Hamas to help reach an agreement between the two sides and talk about the Gaza border.