Israel, Egypt hold first public summit in decade

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for discussions on Palestine and other issues amid tensions in the Gaza Strip.

Bennett is the first Israeli prime minister to officially visit Egypt in a decade. The two leaders met in the eastern resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday.

Egypt mediated a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas following fierce attacks between the two sides in May.

But in the past few days, Hamas has fired rocket shells into Israel and Israeli forces have carried out airstrikes on Gaza.

Egypt's presidential office says Sisi pledged the country's efforts to maintain the ceasefire, bring peace to Gaza, and provide economic assistance to Palestinians.

The leaders' first public talks in a decade were apparently aiming at helping stabilize the situation in the Palestinian territories.