Arab-Muslim ministerial delegation decries US veto of UNSC resolution for ceasefire in Gaza

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Dec 2023

The ministerial delegation assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit expressed profound "dismay" over the US veto that blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The delegation of the ministerial committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit during their meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo courtesy of the ministry of foreign affairs


According to the joint statement published by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foreign ministers reiterated their call on the US to shoulder its responsibilities and take necessary measures to compel Israel to immediately ceasefire.

On Friday, the US blocked a UNSC resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, using its veto to once again protect Israel, which has killed more than 17,400 Palestinians in the occupied territories since 7 October.

The ministers reaffirmed their united opposition to the continuous aggression by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza, urging an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, as highlighted in the statement.

Moreover, they emphasized the imperative of adhering to International and humanitarian laws to protect civilians and called for an end to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

They advocated for the removal of obstacles restricting the entry of humanitarian aid into the territory.

Additionally, the foreign ministers firmly rejected all forced displacement of Palestinians, stressing the importance of abiding by international law and preventing such actions at all levels.

They underscored their commitment to counter and confront such actions, further expressing the need to establish a genuine political environment conducive to a two-state solution.

This solution would entail the creation of a Palestinian state along the lines of 4 June 1967, in accordance with relevant international resolutions, as outlined in the statement.

They also expressed their rejection of the fragmentation of the Palestinian issue and the discussion of the future of the Gaza Strip separate from the overall Palestinian cause.

Chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, the delegation includes Qatar’s Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Jordan’s Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Ayman Al-Safdi, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riyadh El-Malki, and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan.

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