UAE-Israel deal step to Middle East peace: Egypt’s El-Sisi

A US-Israeli delegation led by US Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner (C) disembark from an El Al's airliner, upon landing on the tarmac on August 31, 2020, in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE at the Abu Dhabi airport. (AFP)
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Updated 02 September 2020

UAE-Israel deal step to Middle East peace: Egypt’s El-Sisi

  • El-Sisi voiced his support for “any steps that would bring peace” to the volatile Middle East
  • He warned against any unilateral decisions that “would undermine the chances for peace” and called for talks between the Israelis and Palestinians

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Wednesday the UAE-Israel normalization accord represents a step toward regional peace by preserving Palestinian rights and Israeli security.
The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to normalize ties in a watershed US-brokered deal under which the Jewish state has suspended annexation plans.
Palestinians, however, have condemned it as a “betrayal” of their cause.
In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, El-Sisi voiced his support for “any steps that would bring peace” to the volatile Middle East.
He welcomed measures that “preserve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, allow for the establishment of their independent state and provide security for Israel.”
The UAE-Israeli agreement announced on August 13 was a “step in that direction,” he said.
El-Sisi warned against any unilateral decisions that “would undermine the chances for peace” and called for talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The UAE became the third Arab country to agree to normalize ties with Israel, after Egypt signed a peace deal in 1979 and Jordan followed suit in 1994.
Arab leaders support a two-state solution to resolve the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
They back Palestinian demands for a state based on borders before the 1967 Six-Day War when Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza, with east Jerusalem as its capital.


Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

Updated 20 September 2020

Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

  • The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303
  • It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases

BEIRUT: Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the government announced Sunday, amid a sharp increase in infections and deaths due to the new coronavirus.
Health Minister Hamad Hassan recommended a total lockdown for two weeks to stem the alarming rise in daily detected infections, but authorities will find it difficult difficult to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse.
The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303, while deaths have reached 297 since the first case was reported in the country in late February.
It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases.
The rise began after a lockdown was eased and the country’s only international airport was reopened in early July. The surge continued after the massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that killed 193 people, injured at least 6,500 and devastated much of the city.
The blast also overwhelmed Beirut’s hospitals and badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases.