Thai FM discusses the situation of Thai captives in Gaza with Shoukry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 Nov 2023

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara arrived in Cairo on Wednesday where he discussed the latest developments in Gaza with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, focusing on the release of the Thai captives in Gaza.



According to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shoukry and Bahiddha-Nukara reviewed the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

Shoukry stressed the importance of coordinating international efforts to overcome the Israeli obstacles hampering sustainable aid access to the Palestinians.

He also expressed his appreciation for Thailand's vote at the United Nations General Assembly in favor of the Arab group’s resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza.

He emphasized Egypt's keenness to work with international partners to facilitate and ensure needed protection for citizens of foreign states in Gaza as well as releasing the captives.

Meanwhile, the Thai foreign minister lauded the balanced role played by Egypt in this crisis as well as its efforts to ensure humanitarian aid access to Gaza.

He stressed his country's keenness to continue coordinating with Egypt to ensure the return of Thai captives and send assistance to the Gaza Strip.

Shoukry underlined that the only way to de-escalate the situation is an immediate humanitarian truce and a return to a just and comprehensive peace track based on the two-state solution.

The Thai FM’s trip to Cairo came after visiting Qatar earlier in the day. While in the Gulf country, Qatari officials promised their full cooperation, noting that Thai people are not participants in the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

However, they noted that the ongoing fighting in Gaza remains an obstacle to the release of more captives.

Egypt and Qatar have been playing a central role in the current mediation efforts involving the release of Israeli and other foreign captives taken by Palestinian fighters on 7 October.

About 30,000 Thais were working in Israel, many in the agricultural sector, when the war erupted.

At least 32 Thais have been killed and 19 wounded in the war, according to the Thai foreign ministry.

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