Israeli media sources have reported that the Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, will be heading to Cairo, Thursday, to meet with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shokri, to discuss the efforts to “maintain calm” in Gaza, and efforts for “economic development.”
Israeli sources have reported that Lapid intends to hold talks with Shokri to discuss efforts and steps that would ensure calm with Gaza, and the steps that could be taken to improve the economic conditions in the besieged coastal region.
Israeli Kan News said the head of Egypt’s Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant Abbas Kamel, will also be visiting Israel by the end of this month to discuss the efforts that would result in an indirect prisoner swap agreement with Hamas.
It added that the Israeli Foreign Minister also intends to return 95 archeological artifacts that were smuggled out of Egypt into the country in the year 2014 and were retrieved by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The Al-Ahram Egyptian daily said Thursday’s talks come three months after Naftali Bennet, the Israeli Prime Minister, held a meeting with President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh.
It added that the two leaders discussed several issues, especially the “peace process”, and the efforts to maintain calm.