Israeli Prime Minister invited to visit Egypt

Israeli Prime Minister invited to visit Egypt
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Egyptian Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel has invited Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benett to visit Egypt in "the coming weeks", a statement from Bennett's office said.
Bennett (right) received Abbas Kamel in Jerusalem [Getty]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has invited Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to visit Egypt in "the coming weeks", a statement from Bennett's office said Wednesday.

The invitation was conveyed by Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, who met with Bennett in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"The two discussed diplomatic, security and economic aspects of Israel-Egypt relations, as well as the Egyptian mediation in the security situation vis-a-vis the Gaza Strip," a statement from Bennett's office read.

On Sisi's behalf, Kamel invited Bennett "to make an official visit to Egypt in the coming weeks", the statement added.

Cairo brokered the May 21 ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian group Hamas, after 11 days of a deadly Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip which killed over 250 Palestinians.

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Egypt pledged $500 million to help rebuild the Palestinian enclave, where some two million people are living under a crippling Israeli blockade.

Cairo signed a peace treaty with neighbouring Israel in 1979.

Kamel has also been working to help resolve political divisions between Hamas in Gaza and rivals Fatah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.