Egypt lashed out at a decision by the Trump administration to cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid and suspend $200 million more.
“In order to bring Israeli-Saudi relations out into the open, the Saudis would really need to see major progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track. And that is really tough.”
In their brief public remarks, Trump said El-Sisi has been “somebody that’s been very close to me from the first time I met him” last September.
The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spontaneously made an appeal, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, directly to Israeli leaders and citizens to make peace with Palestinians.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi claimed in an interview on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready and willing to host direct peace negotiations in Moscow between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Egypt has voted in Israel’s favor at the UN for the first time since 1948, supporting Israel’s bid for membership of the UN space committee (COPUOS).
As the Middle East grapples with the fallout of the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions and the rise of terror groups like Islamic State, Arab states have sought increased cooperation with Israel in areas such as military and intelligence in order to confront ongoing threats.