Cairo Summit for Peace: Global leaders gather to de-escalate Israel-Gaza war on Saturday

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Oct 2023

On Saturday morning, Egypt will host the Cairo Summit for Peace, bringing together leaders from over a dozen Arab and Western nations, along with high-level representatives from the European Union.

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The Summit is set to address de-escalating the war in Gaza, pursue a ceasefire, and seek a resolution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the two-state solution.

Arab leaders who are confirmed to attend are Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the President of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed.

European leaders who are confirmed to attend are Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni; Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez; Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis; Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades; German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, and French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa are confirmed to also confirmed to attend the summit.

President of the European Council Charles Michel and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell are also confirmed.

The Cairo Summit for Peace will be held in the New Administrative Capital.

On Sunday, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for the international summit to address the developments and future of the Palestinian Cause.

President El-Sisi has called for a halt to the ongoing war on Gaza and for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the strip to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to 2.3 million besieged Palestinians.

Since war broke out, 24/7 Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip killed more than 4,000 Palestinians and injured more than 13,000 people in less than two weeks.

Moreover, Israeli airstrikes and bombardment also destroyed or seriously damaged hundreds of homes, leaving more than one million Palestinians without shelter.

Immediately after the war broke out, Egypt mobilized a massive effort to send hundreds of tons of food and medical supplies, donated by Egypt and various Arab governments, to relieve the Palestinians in Gaza, who have been denied food, water, and fuel due to an Israeli all-out blockade of the strip since the start of fighting.

For two weeks, these aid convoys have been waiting on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border to cross into Gaza to deliver some form of relief to the Palestinians.

The United Nations and international humanitarian organizations have characterized the humanitarian conditions in Gaza as nothing short of catastrophic.

Egypt has strongly rejected the Israeli policies of collective punishment against civilians in the Gaza Strip and all threats of any displacement of Gazans from their homeland to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.

On Thursday, as the leaders of these countries prepared to discuss ways to de-escalate the ongoing war in the Cairo Summit for Peace, the Israeli war cabinet gave the green light to the Israeli army to start a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, President El-Sisi reaffirmed the need for a halt to the ongoing fighting in Gaza as an urgent goal and the revival of the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis to reach a two-state solution whereby the Palestinians can establish their state in June 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital as a long term resolution.

El-Sisi has warned that the continuation of the war in Gaza could trigger a region-wide conflict that would have a devastating impact on all the region.

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