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US, Egypt Search for Renewal of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

The United States and Egypt sought ways Wednesday to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said this week he would "make every effort" toward a solution.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Egyptian leader in Cairo, with a State Department spokesman later saying the top American diplomat "expressed his appreciation" for Sissi's "strong support for advancing Arab-Israeli peace."

But spokesman Mark Toner did not elaborate on any specific new effort to renew the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process that broke down in 2014 with no agreement.

The Kerry-Sissi meeting came a day after the Egyptian leader said an Israeli-Palestinian accord would make Cairo's relations with Tel Aviv "warmer."

Sissi said there was a "real opportunity" for peace in the region. He said an Israeli-Palestinian pact would "give safety and stability to both sides. If this is achieved, we will enter a new phase that perhaps no one can imagine now."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Sissi's "willingness to invest every effort to advance a future of peace and security between us and the Palestinians."

Egypt and Israel reached a peace agreement in 1979, the first accord between an Arab country and the Jewish state.

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