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Denys Bédarride
Thursday 3 December 2020 Last update on Thursday, December 3, 2020 At 1:22 PM

According to Israeli media, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for an official visit to Egypt to discuss economic cooperation. For several months, the Hebrew state has embarked on a strategy of rapprochement with Arab and African countries in particular.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could land in Egypt in the coming weeks. This is what diplomatic sources quoted by the Israeli daily Maariv reveal.

According to the information currently available, negotiations are underway between officials of the two countries to organize the meeting between Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Israeli leader. The visit should allow the two sides to strengthen their economic relations, notably through the organization of a bilateral meeting between Israeli and Egyptian trade delegations to discuss joint economic projects.

If confirmed, the visit will be part of Israel’s diplomatic seduction operation with several Arab and African countries. Under the aegis of the United States, the Jewish state has succeeded in recent months in concluding agreements to normalize its diplomatic relations with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and soon Sudan.

Relations between the Israeli and Egyptian republics have often been punctuated by diplomatic tensions and conflicts, the most famous of which is the Arab-Israeli war of 1948-1949. Despite the signing of an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in 1979, relations between the two countries were often cold, until the coming to power of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who warmed relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

As a reminder, in 2018, the Israeli prime minister visited Cairo in secret where he discussed with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi a truce in the Gaza Strip which was plagued by violence.

Source Ecofin Agency