Egypt FM Shoukry in Türkiye this weekend for talks on Gaza

Amr Kandil , Tuesday 16 Apr 2024

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry will embark on an official visit to Türkiye this weekend for talks with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan on the situation in Gaza.

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.


Both foreign ministers are expected to discuss the details of a potential permanent ceasefire in Gaza, reported the Turkish Ilke News Agency (ILKHA) on Tuesday.

Ahead of Shoukry’s visit, Fidan will make a visit on Wednesday to Qatar, where he will meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Their talks in Doha will address the situation in the Palestinian strip and other regional developments, read a statement by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Egypt and Qatar, along with the United States, have been mediating between Hamas and Israel over recent months to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and a prisoner swap agreement.

No progress has been reported in the talks since the latest round in Cairo last week with international attention currently being diverted to the recent Iranian attack on Israel.

In an unprecedented Iran retaliatory operation, Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles toward Israel, which threatened to respond.

Iran said the operation is an act of self-defence as it comes in response to an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria earlier this month, which killed top Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders.

While Israel is used to bombing Iran-linked targets in Syria and Lebanon, these attacks have remarkably grown since Israel started its war in Gaza on 7 October.

Egypt has repeatedly affirmed the need to end the Israeli war in Gaza and to work to implement the two-state solution as the only means to prevent conflict spillovers and ensure regional stability.

Rounds of talks in Paris, Cairo and Doha between negotiators have not been successful in reaching a ceasefire to date.

While a senior Egyptian source reported an agreement among mediators on main issues during the latest Cairo talks, a Hamas official later told Reuters that there was no progress in the talks.

Israel has advocated for a temporary truce in Gaza to secure the release of over 100 captives still held by Hamas and other factions.

Meanwhile, Hamas has consistently emphasised its conditions for a prisoner swap, including a permanent ceasefire, the return of displaced individuals, particularly in northern Gaza, and the complete withdrawal of Israeli troops from the strip.

Over more than six months of war in Gaza, Israel has killed over 33,800, displaced most of the Gazans, and pushed the strip into one of the worst-ever humanitarian crises.

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