Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at talks aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during Israel’s first presidential trip to Egypt in a decade.
Bennett, Yamina’s right-wing leader who took office in June, is due to meet with Egyptian President Monday in the Red Sea region of Sharm el-Sheikh at the far end of Sinai.
The talks are expected to address “ways and means of making peace” between Israel and Palestine, Egypt’s president said in a statement.
Bennett and El-Sisi are also expected to discuss regional issues, including Iran’s influence in the Middle East and the Lebanese crisis, ambassadors said.
There was no temporary confirmation of the meeting from the Israeli government.
Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was Israel’s last prime minister to visit Egypt in 2011 during the time of the late President Hosni Mubarak.
The meeting will be a source of encouragement to Bennett, who started work in June and is still working to confirm its foreign policy. Netanyahu claimed to be the ambassador of the world but was unable to hold a public meeting with el-Sisi.
Events taking place on the Gaza Strip are set to unfold on Monday.
Israel, with the help of Egypt, has retained Gaza since the Palestinian Hamas took control of the region in 2007. There have been four wars or atrocities in Gaza by Israel, most recently in May.
In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Relations have been good for many years, but Egypt has played a key role in tackling tensions between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza in various wars.
Attempted operations in Cairo in an 11-day strike on the Gaza Strip in May ended a ceasefire. The conflict has killed more than 260 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel.
An promoting border violence since the end of August they have tested weak tests.
Cairo’s call for the Israeli Prime Minister was made by Abbas Kamel, director of the General Intelligence Directorate, last month when he met Bennett in East Jerusalem.
Since el-Sisi was sworn in as president in early 2014 – months after announcing the reinstatement of the country’s first president, Mohamed Morsi – Israeli journalists say Netanyahu has secretly met a powerful Egyptian man several times.
Negotiations for peace between Israel and Palestine fell in 2014 and there seems to be little hope of reviving them. Mr Bennett, a patriotic member of the armed forces, is opposed to Palestine.