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Jordan's King Abdullah and Egypt's Sisi say two-state solution non-negotiable

صورة نشرها الديوان الملكي الاردني للعاهل عبدالله الثاني (يسار) مستقبلا الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي في القاهرة في 21 شباط/فبراير 2017
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Meeting come days after reports that Israel's Netanyahu met Sisi and Abdullah at secret summit in 2016

A two-state solution to the Palestinian issue is non-negotiable and can involve no concessions, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Tuesday during a meeting in Cairo.

A statement released by Sisi's office said that "the two sides discussed future movements to break the gridlock within the Middle East peace process, especially with US President Donald Trump's administration taking power."

"They also discussed mutual coordination to reach a two-state solution and establish a Palestinian state based on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as a capital which is a national constant that cannot be given up," it added.

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington earlier this month, Trump said he would entertain a "two-state and a one-state" solution.

But his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, later tempered this stance, saying Washington "absolutely" supports a two-state solution but wants new ideas on how to move forward.

Sisi's and Abdullah's meeting came days after Israeli media reported that a secret summit was held on February 21, 2016 in the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba which included Netanyahu, King Abdullah, Sisi and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

According to reports Kerry outlined a proposal for a regional peace plan that included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinians, backed by Arab nations, along with a call for Israel to vacate territory it occupied during the 1967 Six-Day War, subject to land swaps agreed between the two sides.

Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that he had attended the secret summit, and claimed that he initiated a meeting which led to it.

He noted, however, that he turned down Kerry's plan.


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