Egyptian FM discusses ending Gaza War with U.S. Congress delegation



Mon, 19 Feb 2024 - 12:43 GMT


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 - 12:43 GMT

CAIRO – 19 February 2024: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry received Monday a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives headed by Adam Smith who serves as ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.  


Minister Shokry stressed that the current turbulent regional and international conditions mandate the reinforcement of the strategic partnership between the two countries in order to achieve peace and security. In that framework, he asserted the importance of pushing forward political, economic, trade, and military cooperation.


The minister also welcomed consolidating ties with members of the Congress – regardless of their affiliation – for the vital role they play to fulfill the joint U.S.-Egyptian interests. In that context, he underscored Egypt's rejection to the Israeli military operation in Palestinian Rafah as well as any ideas or measures that would incur the external displacement of Palestinians from Gaza Strip.  


Minister Shokry underlined that Egypt considers no alternative to an immediate ceasefire and tangible steps to launch a serious peace process that would lead up to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within a precise and short time frame.


Shokry also showcased the role of the UNRWA in receiving and distributing humanitarian aid in Gaza, as well as the risks of the prolongation of the crisis on the expansion of the scope of the conflict and regional instability.  


The talks tackled the security, political and humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Gaza Strip so as the minister answered the U.S. representatives' questions about Egypt's vision on ending the war. In a related context, he presented Egypt's efforts to facilitate the entry of aid and override the obstacles set by Israel as well as mediation endeavors aimed at a truce that could turn into a permanent and full ceasefire.



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