Shoukry urges France to push for implementing UNSC Resolution 2720 on speedy entry of relief to Gaza

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jan 2024

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry urged France as the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to push for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2720, which stipulated the creation of a mechanism to speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R), French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna (L). Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry.


This came during a phone call with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna where they discussed on Saturday the latest developments in the war in Gaza as well as in Lebanon and the increasing threats to navigation in the Red Sea.

The two top diplomats agreed on the great dangers of expanding the conflict and its threats to regional international peace and security.

Shoukry and Colonna also discussed the tragic humanitarian situation in Gaza, agreeing on the need to ensure sufficient and continuous entry of relief to the strip.

He called on his French counterpart to work during her country’s month-long presidency of the UNSC in January to follow up on the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2720.

The Egyptian foreign minister reaffirmed Cairo's categorical rejection of any Israeli measures or statements that call on the Palestinians to "emigrate from their lands."

He stressed the need for the end of what he described as the irresponsible statements which are repeatedly issued by some Israeli officials in this regard.

Moreover, Shoukry stressed the need for international parties to assume their responsibilities towards reaching a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in Gaza to put an end to the tragic humanitarian situation and the increasing Israeli violence and violations in the West Bank.

The Israeli army has killed at least 22,000 people in Gaza and wounded over 58,000 Palestinians - most of whom are women and children - since the start of its war on the strip on 7 October

Despite growing domestic opposition to the Israeli war on Gaza, France has not called for a ceasefire, settling on calls for "humanitarian pauses" to allow for prisoner exchange and the entry of humanitarian aid to 2.4 million Palestinians under siege in Gaza, 

In November, the French navy's Dixmude hospital ship docked at Arish, in Egypt's North Sinai, to treat wounded Palestinians.

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