Egypt's FM, EU's Borrell affirm commitment to joint action for breakthrough in Gaza situation



Sat, 17 Feb 2024 - 10:02 GMT


Sat, 17 Feb 2024 - 10:02 GMT

CAIRO - 17 February 2024: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell affirmed on Saturday their keenness to work together to achieve a breakthrough in the situation in the Gaza Strip.

They held a meeting on the sidelines of the 60th Munich Security Conference to address the latest developments in the security and humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Shoukry and Borrel discussed the results of their contacts with various regional and international parties to achieve a breakthrough in the situation raging in the strip.

They discussed a number of initiatives proposed to end the crisis through an immediate ceasefire, which would facilitate the exchange of detainees and enhance access to humanitarian aid.

They expressed concerns about the current situation in the Gaza Strip and the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in light of the Israeli moves to launch a military operation in Gaza Strip's southern city of Rafah.

Shoukry highlighted the importance of international actors acting to pressure Israel to stop this potential military operation.

He also highlighted the need for halting any attempts to implement the scenario of forcibly displacing the people of the Gaza Strip and liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Meanwhile, they discussed the tensions obstructing navigation in the Red Sea in connection with the crisis in Gaza.

Shoukry expressed his appreciation for Borrell’s positions in support of efforts to end the war in Gaza. This was clear in Borrell's recent call for the United States to put pressure on Israel to stop its hostilities, including stopping the export of weapons to Israel.

For his part, Borrell affirmed his support for the pivotal role played by Egypt to stop the war in the Gaza Strip and contain its repercussions at various levels.

They agreed to maintain close consultation in the days ahead to advance efforts in ending the conflict in the Gaza Strip and initiating an impactful political process.

This aims to help reach a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian cause based on the two-state solution, establishing an independent Palestinian state along the borders of June 4, 1967, they agreed.




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