PA’s Abbas meets Egypt’s Sissi, Jordan’s Abdullah in rare trilateral summit

The three leaders convene in Cairo ahead of trips to US for the United Nations General Assembly later this month; leaders reaffirm commitment to two-state solution

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sissi and Jordanian King Abdullah II in Cairo, on Thursday, September 2, 2021. (WAFA)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Jordanian monarch Abdullah II in Cairo on Thursday in the first trilateral meeting between the parties since 2017.

Abbas has shuttled back and forth between Amman and Ramallah several times in recent months for lightning visits with Abdullah. The PA leader also met with Sissi last year.

But a trilateral meeting has not taken place since 2017, when the three met on the sidelines of the Arab League’s annual summit.

“We still extend our hand for comprehensive, just peace according to international law and under the Quartet framework,” Abbas said in remarks carried by the official Palestinian Authority WAFA news agency.

The Palestinian leader was joined by close advisers Hussein al-Sheikh and Majdi Khalidi, as well as PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj.

Jordanian King Abdullah II in Cairo, on Thursday, September 2, 2021. (WAFA)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Jordanian monarch Abdullah II in Cairo on Thursday in the first trilateral meeting between the parties since 2017.

Abbas has shuttled back and forth between Amman and Ramallah several times in recent months for lightning visits with Abdullah. The PA leader also met with Sissi last year.

But a trilateral meeting has not taken place since 2017, when the three met on the sidelines of the Arab League’s annual summit.

“We still extend our hand for comprehensive, just peace according to international law and under the Quartet framework,” Abbas said in remarks carried by the official Palestinian Authority WAFA news agency.

The Palestinian leader was joined by close advisers Hussein al-Sheikh and Majdi Khalidi, as well as PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj.

Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad told Voice of Palestine Radio on Wednesday that the meeting would enable the three sides to push for an “international conference” to establish a Palestinian state. Abbas has occasionally spoken about the idea over the past year.

Al-Ahmad added that the meeting also would allow the three sides to coordinate their message ahead of the United Nation General Assembly meeting later this month.

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