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Biden and El Sisi Agree on Political and Two-State Solution in Phone Talks

Biden and El Sisi from a 2022 meeting. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi spoke on Nov. 22 to discuss the Gaza crisis, reports Al Ahram. According to the White House’s readout, Biden expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to reach the deal for the release of captives held by Hamas, together with a humanitarian pause in Gaza. The White House had issued a statement earlier reporting that Biden had thanked Egyptian President El-Sisi and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Nov. 21 for their “critical leadership and partnership” in reaching a deal to secure the release of captives in Gaza.

“The President reiterated that under no circumstances will the United States permit the forced relocation of Palestinians from Gaza or the West Bank, or the besiegement of Gaza, or the redrawing of the borders of Gaza,” the White House affirmed in its statement, and adding that “under no circumstances can Gaza remain a sanctuary for Hamas where they can threaten Israel and Palestinians alike and imperil any pathway to a durable peace.”

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