Egyptian, Palestinian PMs hold talks in Cairo to boost cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-10 04:12:05|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian and Palestinian prime ministers accompanied by several senior ministers of both sides held intensive talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday over boosting bilateral ties.

"Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stressed the depth of the Egyptian-Palestinian relations and Egypt's full support to the Palestinian people," the Egyptian cabinet said in a statement.

Madbouly also emphasized that the Palestinian cause is a top priority of Egypt's foreign policy, referring to Egypt's keenness on constant coordination with the Palestinian side in all relevant matters.

Egypt supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital city based on the 1967 borders, through the internationally-recognized two-state solution.

For his part, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye praised "the cooperation shown by the Egyptian officials to make the visit successful and maximize its use to achieve the common interests of the two peoples."

He added that the Palestinian government supports its Egyptian counterpart in all its struggles, including the war against terrorism, to achieve a prosperous future for the Egyptian people.

Besides the cabinet chiefs, the ministerial delegations included around nine ministers of each side including those of housing, agriculture, higher education, energy and communications, in addition to the Palestinian ambassador to Cairo.

Ishtaye expressed a desire to push forward the economic and commercial relations between the two countries in the light of the recent Palestinian policy of "economic disengagement from Israel."

They also discussed the needs of the Palestinian market that could be met with Egyptian products and commodities and the means to overcome any possible obstacles due to the limits imposed by Israel on Palestinian imports and exports.

Following the meeting, a number of Egyptian ministers held bilateral meetings with their Palestinian counterparts to discuss means of bolstering cooperation and exchanging expertise.