SAccording to the press release, Al Sisi and Burns met in Cairo with the head of the Egyptian secret services, Abbas Kamel, to “analyze the evolution of the current situation” regarding negotiations for a possible truce and exchange of hostages for prisoners between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.

It was also “confirmed that consultations and intensive coordination would continue in order to achieve the objectives of the ceasefire, protect civilians and activate the two-state solution”, which envisages the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

The implementation of all these points, the statement continues, would serve to “establish security and stability in the region” of the Middle East, which has become increasingly tense due to the war in the Gaza Strip.

The CIA director also conveyed to Al Sisi his “appreciation for Egypt’s tireless efforts to advance the path of calm in the Gaza Strip, a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners”, as well as for facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

This meeting takes place on a day when representatives from the CIA, Mossad and Israeli internal security Shin Bet are meeting in Cairo with Egyptian and Qatari officials, as well as delegations from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), to discuss measures with with a view to a possible truce.

The Egyptian television channel Al Qahera News, close to the Egyptian secret services, reported that the meeting with the different parties began at noon to discuss de-escalation in the Palestinian enclave, although so far no further details have emerged.

An Egyptian security source told EFE that this session will discuss the proposals presented by Hamas in response to the previous proposal, drawn up weeks earlier in Paris, as a result of negotiations between the mediators, Qatar and Egypt, as well as the United States and Israel.

According to this source, this could lead to a two- to three-month ceasefire, during which a prisoner exchange agreement would be implemented and an attempt would be made to reach a permanent ceasefire and relaunch the peace process.

At the same time as the talks are taking place, the city of Rafah, in the extreme south of the Gaza Strip, where more than 1.4 million internally displaced people live, was the target of artillery fire from the Israeli army for the first time since the announcement of a land incursion into the area.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdolahian met today in Qatar with the head of the political office of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, to discuss the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the region.

“The operational and political aspects of the latest situation in the Gaza war, the need to stop the aggression of the Zionist regime (referring to Israel) against the people of Gaza and the West Bank, and the need to immediately send humanitarian aid were some of the issues discussed by both sides”, said the state news agency IRNA.

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