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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (R) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, January 14, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Cairo – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi underlined the need to end disagreements among Palestinians and to agree over a unified vision to resume the peace process in the Middle East.

Sisi met on Sunday in Cairo with his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas, with whom he discussed latest developments in the Palestinian case and the means to revive the peace process, the Egyptian president’s spokesperson, Alaa Youssef, said in a statement.

“President Sisi asserted that the Palestinian cause always comes on top of Egypt’s priorities and reaching a solution for it is a key pillar for restoring security and stability in the Middle East region,” Youssef added.

During the meeting, Abbas informed Sisi of the latest efforts deployed by Palestine to rally international support for the achievement of the two-state solution in line with the related international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

He also stressed the US endeavor to revive the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.

Sisi promised to guarantee the rights of the Palestinians to build their own independent state.

For his part, the Palestinian president offered his deep condolences to Sisi over the death of 23 soldiers in the recent deadly attack in North Sinai province, along the borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

“President Abbas reiterated Palestine’s solidarity with Egypt in its war against terrorism and against those who try to undermine its security and stability,” Youssef said.

The Palestinian president also met with Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry.

During the meeting, Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s stance in support of the Palestinian Cause, and said that reviving negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides for a fair and comprehensive solution was a priority in Egypt’s diplomatic efforts.

Abbas updated Shoukry on the results of his talks with US Envoy Jason Greenblatt as well as talks with US President Donald Trump’s advisor, Jared Kushner.

The Palestinian president also met during his visit to Cairo with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit, who also stressed the need to adhere by the Arab Peace Initiative to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution.