United Nations — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi raised his concerns in favor of Palestine and called the plight of Palestinian people as “the longest standing crisis in the Middle East”, during his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Al-Sisi urged the international community to act towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and reiterated the “Arab Peace Initiative”, Al-Arabiya reported.
He also added that until the establishment of a Palestinian state, there will continue to be a “depletion of the resources of the peoples of the Middle East.”
“There remains an opportunity to launch a new face in the Middle East. However we need bold decisions that restore the rights to the Palestinians, that pave the way for a major change in the reality of this region,” said Al-Sisi.
He later condemned the attacks on the Saudi Aramco oil installations and called upon the international community to confront terrorism and extremism.
Arab Peace Initiative was introduced by the late King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulazeez Al-e-Saud to ensure rights for the Palestinian citizens, however Israel and Hamas refused to sign the treaty. The treaty ensures the return of refugees who left during “Nabaka” and the sovereignty of Al-Aqsa mosque under Palestinian leadership.