Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Foreign Minister (L) participates in the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Foreign Ministers kicked off on Thursday at the AU Commission- Press photo
CAIRO – 9 January 2021: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will embark on a Middle East tour on Sunday, starting with Egypt where he will participate in talks for attempting to revive peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, DPA reported on Saturday.
A quartet committee between the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan will convene in Cairo on Monday to discuss the ways of reviving the peace negotiation between Israel and Palestine after it has been suspended since April 2014.
The quartet was established in February 2020 on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
On January 6, Egyptian Foreign Minister o Sameh Shoukry conducted a call with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, in the framework of ongoing preparations for the meeting of the Quartet including Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
“This is a group of countries that seek to advance peace efforts in the region during the next stage in coordination with the United States, the International Quartet, and all concerned parties,” the statement said.
“Bilateral coordination is taking place as well with the Palestinian side in the framework of the necessary arrangements for the Quartet meeting, whereby Minister Shoukry held another call with Foreign Minister of Palestine Riyad al-Maliki, in light of the Egyptian stances aimed at reaching a just and viable solution to the Palestinian cause,” the statement added.