Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, today (Monday, 14 September 2021), in Sharm El-Sheikh, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The two leaders discussed a long series of issues, including ways to deepen and strengthen bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on widening the scope of reciprocal trade, as well as a long series of regional and international issues.

Prime Minister Bennett thanked Egyptian President El-Sisi for Egypt's important role in the region and noted that in the over 40 years since it was signed, the peace agreement between the two countries continues to serve as a foundation for security and stability in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Bennett emphasized Egypt's significant role in maintaining the security stability in the Gaza Strip and in finding a solution to the issue of the captives and missing.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Bennett thanked Egyptian President El-Sisi for the warm hospitality in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The two leaders agreed to continue deepening the cooperation and dialogue between the two countries in all spheres.

Following are Prime Minister Bennett's remarks upon departing for Israel:

"I have just finished a first visit with the President of Egypt. The meeting was very important and very good. During the meeting, first and foremost, we created a foundation for deep ties in the future.

We discussed a series of issues in the diplomatic, security and economic spheres, as well as ways to deepen ties and strengthen the interests of our countries.

Israel is increasingly opening up to the countries of the region, and the basis of this longstanding recognition is the peace between Israel and Egypt. Therefore, on both sides we must invest in strengthening this link, and we have done so today."