Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met publicly for the first time in New York, where both leaders were attending the UN General Assembly. The two leaders have met several times before, but secretly. Netanyahu’s office said the two men met for about an hour and a half and discussed regional issues. The statement said that Sisi said he wants to support Israeli-Palestinian regional peace efforts. Although Israel and Egypt have close security ties, Egypt has downplayed its peace treaty with Israel. Sisi also met in New York with a group of American Jewish leaders. He told them that he believes the best way to advance the peace process was through a regional approach involving the Arab states.