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Sisi's statements on peace efforts welcomed abroad, ridiculed at home

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced his country's willingness to negotiate between the Palestinians and Israelis, a statement that proved controversial in Egypt.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt May 18, 2016.   REUTERS/Amr Nabil/Pool - RTSEVUS

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced May 17 that Egypt is ready to broker reconciliation among “the different [Palestinian] factions” in order to arrive at a genuine opportunity to resolve the Palestinian cause.

Sisi also called on Israeli leaders and parties to agree to find a solution to the Palestinian crisis. In a speech broadcast on state television on the sideline of the inauguration of energy-generation projects, he stressed the presence of a serious opportunity to build peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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