Sisi, Guterres exchange views on latest diplomatic efforts to stop escalation in Gaza

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Oct 2023

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres discussed the latest diplomatic efforts to stop the escalation in the Gaza Strip in a phone call on Saturday.

Sisi, Guterres
Sisi, Guterres

 

The call comes a day after the UN General Assembly agreed on a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce to preserve civilian lives and allow the immediate entry of sufficient relief aid to the Gaza Strip.

El-Sisi and Guterres discussed joint efforts made by Egypt and international organizations to protect civilians and deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip through agreed-upon mechanisms under UN supervision.

Guterres reportedly praised Egypt’s firm commitment to working towards peace and stability.

El-Sisi also expressed Egypt’s appreciation for the balanced positions of the Secretary-General, as well as the UN's political and humanitarian role.

Egypt has called on the international community to pressure Israel into allowing humanitarian aid to Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.

In a separate phone call, the Egyptian president also exchanged views with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, and the threat escalation poses to the security of the entire region.

El-Sisi said Egypt is pressing ahead with efforts for a ceasefire, warning against the grievous humanitarian and security repercussions that would result from a ground offensive on Gaza.

He underscored the critical need for a unified international effort toward a prompt diplomatic solution to the crisis.

El-Sisi also urged for an immediate humanitarian truce and the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance to Gaza as per the UN’s recent resolution.

Since 7 October, Israel has carried out a relentless bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip, killing more than 7,700 and wounding more than 20,000 people.

Israeli airstrikes have destroyed more than half of the homes in Gaza, leaving more than 1.5 million Palestinians without shelter.

Moreover, Israel has put 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza under a complete blockade, cutting off all access to food, water, power, and fuel supplies, despite global warnings of a developing humanitarian catastrophe. 

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