Sisi discusses de-escalation in Gaza with Saudi Crown Prince, Turkish President

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Nov 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed de-escalation efforts in Gaza in meetings on Saturday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh.



El-Sisi and the Saudi crown prince discussed efforts to halt military escalation in the Gaza Strip, expressing deep concerns over the deteriorating situation, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said in a statement.

They affirmed the need for international and regional efforts to end the violence, protect civilians, and prevent the security situation from spiralling out of control.

They voiced categorical rejection of the displacement of Palestinians, which would completely liquidate the Palestinian cause.

El-Sisi and bin Salman agreed to intensify Egyptian-Saudi coordination towards the Arab and Islamic vision for the Palestinian cause in light of today’s summit.

The summit advocates a comprehensive and fair settlement of the Palestinian cause through the establishment of an independent Palestinian cause in accordance with international law, the statement added.

Meeting Erdogan

El-Sisi and Erdogan discussed efforts to contain the crisis in Gaza and its humanitarian repercussions.

They affirmed the necessity for Israel to cease its bombardment and military operations in the strip to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

El-Sisi and Erdogan also agreed on the importance of the Egyptian role in delivering relief aid to people in Gaza.

They also highlighted the need for concerted international efforts to push for the implementation of the two-state solution.

El-Sisi also discussed the situation in Gaza with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Iraqi President Abdullatif Rashid, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Jordanian King Abdullah II on the sidelines of the summit.

‘Breaking the siege on Gaza’

The Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit has called for breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip and supporting Egypt’s measures to confront Israeli aggression in Gaza.

In the final communique of the summit, the Arab and Muslim leaders also announced support for Egypt’s efforts to deliver adequate aid to Gaza immediately.

The leaders called for the UN Security Council to take a decisive binding decision to halt the Israeli aggression and urged all countries to stop exporting weapons and ammunition to the Israeli authorities.

They also called for the Security Council to condemn the Israeli destruction of hospitals as well as other Israeli collective punishment policies, which constitute a war crime.

The leaders called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to complete its investigations into the war crimes and war against humanity committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.

They condemned the displacement of around 2 million Palestinians from northern to southern Gaza as a “war crime” and expressed rejection of any attempts to forcibly displace individuals from their lands.

The statesmen warned against forcible displacement of Palestinians as a “red line and a war crime.”

They also called for the release of all Palestinians currently unjustly detained by Israel.

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