12 country leaders to attend Egypt's int'l Peace Summit Saturday: Al-Qahera News

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

Twelve country leaders have confirmed they will attend the International Peace Summit Egypt is set to host on Saturday, sources told Al-Qahera News satellite channel.

Smoke rises from destroyed buildings, following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. AP


The summit is being prepared upon a call by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to address the the crisis in Gaza.

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said the call for the summit reflects the gravity of the situation in the Gaza Strip.

In TV remarks on Wednesday to Sky News Arabia, Shoukry said the summit is meant to de-escalate the situation in Gaza, help reach a ceasefire, and solve the decades-old conflict through the two-state solution.

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Caritin Colonna said at a joint press conference in Cairo on Monday that France will be participating in the summit.

The confirmation of attendance comes hours after El-Sisi and US President Joe Biden reached an agreement over phone on Wednesday for the sustained entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Following his call with El-Sisi, Biden said around 20 aid trucks will be delivered to Gaza, noting that the process will require nearly eight hours of coordination, expecting the aid will reach Gaza by Friday.

Convoys of life-saving aid stretching for miles provided to the war-torn Gaza Strip are still being held on the Egyptian side, waiting for a safe passage. The Palestinian side of the crossing was subject to four aerial bombings by Israel.

Since 7 October, Israel has put Gaza, home to 2.3 million people, under a total blockade and stricken it with rains of air strikes, killing over 3,500 Palestinians, including over 1,000 children, according to Palestine's Representative to the UN Riyad Mansour.

Israel has deprived the civilians in Gaza of food, water, and fuel; putting the enclave at risk of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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