Cairo, Feb 23 (AP) The spokesman for Egypt’s president is categorically denying Israeli reports that Egypt has proposed giving up part of Sinai Peninsula for the Palestinians to set up an independent state.

In a statement, Alaa Youssef said the issue has not been discussed or presented “on any level.”

“It’s unimaginable to get into such unrealistic and unacceptable proposals especially in Sinai, which is a dear part of the nation,” he said.

His remarks came at the end of a meeting today between top commanders of the Egyptian army and police with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo.

The reports of establishing a Palestinian state in Sinai were first mentioned by an Israeli deputy minister named Ayoub Kara on his Twitter account. The Israeli press published it, causing an outcry in Egypt. (AP)

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.