Egypt's Sisi meets Israeli prime minister in New York

By Abdul Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi late Wednesday met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of UN General Assembly meetings now underway in New York.

Israel’s Channel 10 quoted a source in Netanyahu's office as saying that the meeting had tackled “regional issues and the situation in Gaza”.

The source did not provide further details.

Al-Sisi also met with Netanyahu during last year’s UN General Assembly meeting.

Israeli media has also reported that Netanyahu and al-Sisi held a secret meeting in May in Egyptian capital Cairo.

According to a Thursday statement issued by al-Sisi’s office, the latest meeting also discussed means of reviving the stalled Palestine-Israel peace process.

Egypt is currently mediating between Israel and Palestinian factions with a view to hammering out a truce in the Gaza Strip.

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, when resistance faction Hamas took over the coastal enclave.

Since March 30, Palestinians in the blockaded strip have been staging almost daily demonstrations to demand an end to the 11-year blockade, which has gutted the territory’s economy.