CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says in published remarks that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel's security.
In comments to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera published Sunday, el-Sissi says the troops would be stationed there temporarily to establish confidence.
In a clarifying statement later, his office said the idea is a way to encourage Israel to accept a two-state solution.
The last round of U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in April. Since then, Israel fought a 50-day war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and advanced plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish areas of east Jerusalem.
Israel fears that Hamas would take control the West Bank if it withdrew its forces.