The participation of Ambassador Ezzat Saad in a seminar entitled “Future vision on the developments of the peace process under the new American Administration”
On Wednesday, March 15th 2017, Ambassador Azzat Saad, Director of the Council, participated in a seminar entitled “A Future Vision on the Developments of the Peace Process under the New American Leadership”, organized by Afro-Asian Solidarity organizations, with the participation of a number of former ambassadors and experts from the Arab world; including a number of members of the Council and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The seminar aimed at shedding light on the Arab and international vision on the prospects and future of the peace process under President Trump Administration.
The symposium stressed Egypt’s continued support for the Palestinian cause, which has been consistent throughout its history, despite the recent position taken following the withdrawal of its project to condemn the settlements in the Security Council and the affirmation that the Egyptian position will continue to be an essential engine for Arab and international mobilization and support for the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, and condemnation of settlement.
This is what has been crystallized in the clear European position in its strong condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion and the call for the need to return to direct negotiations between the two sides, as confirmed by the Paris Peace Conference last year, as well as the recent Russian call for an initiative to relaunch negotiations between the two sides.
The work of the symposium concluded that President Trump’s confusing vision does not hide the clear American bias toward Israel, which was evident in his appointment of his son-in-law, Jade Koechner, of Jewish religion, to follow up the peace process in the Middle East and Ambassador David Friedman as ambassador in Israel also Jew; and the current position of the administration is no different from the extremist position of the previous administrations by calling for bilateral negotiations or a tripartite summit between Abbas, Netanyahu and America, or through a regional conference, which could represent a dangerous step to a major vague deal. This position places on the shoulders of all parties, especially the Palestinians, the need to work to end the division and to form a united Arab Palestinian position, and to benefit from the Western position that supports the pressure on the new administration.