Egypt hosts Israeli-Palestinian talks in push for pre-Ramadan calm

CAIRO: Egypt hosts Israeli and Palestinian officials on Sunday (Mar 19) in the vacation resort metropolis of Sharm el-Sheikh in a US and Jordanian backed effort to serene a surge of violence in the West Bank forward of the holy Muslim thirty day period of Ramadan.

The five-way assembly follows a Feb 26 US-brokered summit in Jordan, the to start with of its variety in a long time, that secured Israeli and Palestinian pledges to de-escalate but was challenged by factions on both of those sides and unsuccessful to halt violence on the ground.

The conference in Sharm el-Sheikh “aims to assist dialogue in between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to perform to cease unilateral steps and escalation, and split the present cycle of violence and accomplish quiet”, a statement from Egypt’s overseas ministry explained.

This could “aid the generation of a climate suitable for the resumption of the peace procedure”, it additional.

The Palestinians purpose to establish an unbiased point out in the West Lender and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital – territories Israel captured in a 1967 war.

But peace talks have been stalled considering the fact that 2014 and Palestinians say Jewish settlement growth has undermined the chances of a feasible point out currently being founded.

The Muslim fasting thirty day period of Ramadan begins in late March.

In previous several years, clashes have erupted among Israeli law enforcement and Palestinians all-around Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque at the height of Ramadan, which coincides this yr with Judaism’s Passover and Christian Easter.