(JNS.org) Leaders from the 50-member Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Thursday.
During the two-hour meeting, the leaders discussed a range of domestic and international issues, including American-Egyptian ties, the relationship between Egypt and Israel, regional terror threats, and the Iran nuclear deal.
“We came away with a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities and how we can play a constructive role in addressing them and fostering international cooperation,” the Jewish leaders said in a statement released by the Conference of Presidents.
Earlier in the week, the American Jewish delegation met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara amid the ongoing talks between Turkey and Israel to restore their diplomatic ties.
"We talked about the opportunity for reconciliation. Erdogan raised specific issues, including the fight against extremists, the war on terrorism, and the role of Turkey and Iran in the region. We were there as representatives of the American Jewish leadership. We consulted with Israel before the meeting, but it is not true to say that we conveyed messages from Israel (as was reported by some Israeli media). We discussed the concerns of all parties, including Israel,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.