21-09-2021 08:25 AM Jerusalem Timing

Sisi: Egypt Could Send Forces to Stabilize Future Palestinian State

Sisi: Egypt Could Send Forces to Stabilize Future Palestinian State

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilize it.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilize it.

In an interview published on Sunday by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, said he would send forces to a future Palestinian state in agreement with the Zionist entity and the Palestinian authority.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

The Egyptian leader begins his first European trip on Monday since ousting his Muslim Brotherhood predecessor, Mohammad Mursi. He is due to visit France and Italy, while the trip will also include a meeting with Pope Francis.

"We are ready to send military forces into a Palestinian state," he said.

"We would help the local police and reassure the Israelis through our role as guarantor. Not forever, of course. For the time, it is necessary to reestablish confidence. But first a Palestinian state must exist where troops can be sent to."

Sisi said he had spoken of the idea with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking of neighbouring Libya, Sisi described the country as having descended into "chaos" and said "extremely dangerous jihadist bases" were being established there.

"The international community must make a very clear and joint choice in favour of the Libyan national army and no one else," Sisi said. "Aid, equipment, training must be sent to it exclusively."

Sisi also said Egypt had not intervened militarily in Libya. Egypt has denied reports that it facilitated air strikes by the United Arab Emirates, a close ally, against militias in Libya.

The Egyptian leader overthrew Mursi in July 2013, prompting a wave of violence between Mursi supporters and security forces.