The leaders of the two countries also touched upon some other issues.
US President Joe Biden discussed with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, urgent humanitarian assistance, and international reconstruction efforts “to benefit the people, not Hamas.” This is stated in a statement issued by the White House.
The two leaders also discussed ways to restart the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians after the latest wave of violence between the two sides, the Egyptian president said in a statement.
The truce, which has lasted for several days, was brokered by Egypt after 11 days of fighting.
“Biden demonstrated his country’s determination to work to restore the calm and living conditions that were in the Palestinian territories, and to coordinate efforts with all international partners to support the Palestinian Authority as well as reconstruction,” President al-Sisi said in a statement.
The White House said in a statement that Biden thanked Egypt for “successful diplomacy and coordination with the United States” to end the fighting.
This is Biden’s second call to al-Sisi in a few days. This time, the discussion focused on bilateral relations and some regional issues, including Libya and Iraq.
Biden and al-Sisi discussed the construction of a major hydroelectric power plant in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia near the border with Sudan, which Egypt considers a vital threat. Sudan is concerned about the safety of the dam and the regulation of water flows through its own dams and water stations.
The statement said that “it was decided to strengthen diplomatic efforts in the coming period to reach an agreement that preserves water and development rights for all parties.”
In a statement, the White House said Biden “acknowledged Egypt’s concerns about access to the waters of the Nile River and emphasized the US interest in reaching a diplomatic solution that meets the legitimate needs of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.”
Biden and al-Sisi also discussed human rights in Egypt and their “desire for transparent dialogue… in this respect.” According to a White House statement, Biden “stressed the importance of constructive dialogue on human rights in Egypt.”