Egyptian presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he would honor the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty if elected president.
“I respect all international accords, including the treaty with Israel,” El-Sisi said in the second part of a wide-ranging interview with Egyptian TV ahead of country’s presidential election later this month, AFP reported.
But El-Sisi also urged Israel to make concessions with the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement, saying that such a development would help Israel’s standing in the region.
“They have to help us with something of value for the Palestinians. Let us see a Palestinian nation with Jerusalem as the capital. That would make us all happy,” El-Sisi said.
“There is an opportunity to give the Palestinians hope, and that hope will open a lot of doors in the region,” he added.
In the first part of the interview, which aired Monday, El-Sisi vowed to “finish” the Muslim Brotherhood.