Sisi stresses Egypt’s rejection of continuing Israeli military attacks on Gaza. Photo: AFP

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and CIA Director William Burns have held talks in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss ways to advance ceasefire talks in Gaza.

Sisi reiterated Egypt’s rejection of continuing Israeli military operations in Gaza and the need to take serious steps to prevent an expansion of the conflict, the presidency said in a statement.

He also underlined the importance of applying a two-state solution as part of a settlement of the Palestinian cause, it added.

Burns, for his part, hailed Egypt's efforts towards a ceasefire in Gaza and the delivery of humanitarian aid into the enclave, the statement said.

On Monday, the head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, Ronen Bar, arrived in Cairo for talks on resolving disputed points in the ceasefire negotiations.

Brutal offensive

For months, efforts by the US, Qatar, and Egypt to mediate an agreement between Israel and Hamas for a hostage exchange and ceasefire have been hampered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of Hamas' call to halt hostilities.

Israel, flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since an October 7, 2023 attack by Hamas.

Nearly 38,200 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly women and children, and over 87,900 others injured, according to local health authorities.

Nine months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lie in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, whose latest ruling ordered it to immediately halt its military operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on May 6.

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