No "Plan B" for Israelis and Palestinians: UN Secretary-General

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Secretary-General António Guterres (left) meets with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt in Cairo. Photo: Office of the Presidency of Egypt

Everything must be done to preserve the two-state solution for resolving the crisis between Israelis and Palestinians as there is "no Plan B," the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

António Guterres was speaking to reporters in Cairo alongside Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief is in the midst of a 12-day visit to six countries in the region.

Mr Guterres described Egypt as a "central player" there due to its history, culture and geopolitical position.

He said it was an "enormous privilege" to discuss the region's crises with the country's President.

"First of all, with a complete agreement that there is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a two-state solution and that everything must be done to preserve that possibility.  Second, a strong commitment to make sure that the fight against terrorism is pursued with total determination."

For this to be effective, the UN chief stressed the need to find political solutions to the region's crises.

Mr Guterres underlined the importance of moving ahead with talks on Syria.

He also spoke of the need to pursue national reconciliation and unity in Iraq as well as overcoming the conflicts in Yemen and in Libya.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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