An Israeli minister in Egypt for the first time in thirteen years: Mediation for a ceasefire | abroad

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo yesterday to hold talks on a ceasefire between Israel and the ruling Hamas movement in Gaza.

It is rare for an Israeli foreign minister to make an official visit to Egypt. In fact, the last time something like this happened was thirteen years ago. But as the conflict in Israel flares up again, Ashkenazi wants to speak to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

And they will talk about a possible permanent ceasefire with Hamas and the rebuilding of Gaza after 11 days of fighting with Israel earlier this month. Egypt brokered a truce that took effect on May 21 and will remain in effect for the time being.

Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 1979. Egypt is located on the borders of the Gaza Strip and has mediated several times in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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