Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi held his first public meeting with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY in an effort to drive a revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Egyptian president's office released a similar pronouncement, saying that the two leaders discussed "ways to resume the peace process and establish a Palestinian state".
The hour-and-a-half-long meeting at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Manhattan on Monday was closely watched for signs of a rapport between the two men over the key issue of restoring wider negotiations.
"We hope that the next meetings will take on a routine character", Hanegbi, a close friend of Netanyahu, said on Israeli military radio.
"Peace between the Palestinians and Israel would be a fantastic achievement, and we are giving it an absolute go".
Palestinian leaders had been put off by Trump's administration after the president suggested he was not committed to a two-state deal.
Trump is also to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later this week.
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Netanyahu and al-Sisi, who speak on the phone periodically, assembled at the Palace Hotel, where the latter is staying during his visit to NY to take part - like Netanyahu - in the UN General Assembly meeting.
Egyptian state press said the NY meetings would further reconciliation.
For his part, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation of Egypt's important role in the Middle East and its efforts in combating terrorism, said Youssef.
This is the first meeting between El-Sisi and Trump following an August decision by the United States administration to withhold $195 million in aid and cut $95 million to Egypt citing concerns over Cairo's record on democracy and human rights.