Egypt : Israeli Palestinian peace negotiations shrouded in secrecy

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Egypt has expressed dismay at the secret nature of Israeli and Palestinian diplomacy over peace negotiations.

In comments published by the Qatari daily Ash-sharq newspaper, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit criticised what he said was hurting mediators’ efforts to broker peace between the two parties.

Aboul Gheit said that such secrecy was keeping mediators in the dark about the revived peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

He said he was “aware that progress has been made in the negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis and that they do not want to reveal the nature of such negotiations, preferring to keep it secret.”

However, the Egyptian foreign minister called on both sides to “reveal the results, as well as the nature of these negotiations and the progress made so far, to mediators.”

“We should be made aware of the nature of the talks held by Abu Alaa, so we can better support these negotiations,” he said, alluding to chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qorei.

Yet, the Egyptian Foreign Minister denied in a statement that the country’s leading diplomat had criticised Palestinian or Israeli negotiators. The statement said Aboul Gheit spoke of “progress.”

The FM statement said Aboul Gheit argued that “Israelis and Palestinians are pursuing their political dialogue and discussing all the topics without informing a third party on the status of these negotiations”. Panapress .

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