Israel Asks Egypt to Help Rescue Hamas Hostages

Israel Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, in which both sides discussed important issues, including the issue of Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

Israeli media reported that Hamas is still holding Israeli civilians Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed captive, along with the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, killed in Operation Protective Edge in 2014

“Egypt is an important and special strategic partner for Israel,” Lapid said.

“My goal is to strengthen our relations with Egypt in the areas of security, diplomacy and economics.” “The relations between us have taken on historic dimensions,” Lapid said, thanking Sisi for a “warm and open meeting.”

The two sides also discussed Egypt-Israel bilateral relations in the areas of economics, energy, agriculture, and trade.

Egypt has long served as a mediator between Israel and Hamas that controls Gaza and has been trying to negotiate a long-term ceasefire between the two sides.

Lapid also met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, where they discussed important bilateral issues. 

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