Shoukry reiterates Egypt's rejection of military operation in Rafah

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Apr 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated on Thursday Egypt's categorical rejection of any military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah, given its serious humanitarian repercussions.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R), Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski (L). Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


During a phone call with his Polish counterpart Radosław Sikorski, Shoukry reviewed the latest regional developments and the raging crisis in the Gaza Strip, reaffirming Egypt’s firm position towards the crisis since its outbreak.

In this regard, Shoukry pointed out that Egypt has reiterated calls for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and preventing the conflict from further expansion, thus threatening the security and stability of the entire region.

He further stressed the need for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and to ensure that the Palestinians in Gaza have complete and unhindered access to humanitarian aid.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid, Shoukry renewed Egypt's call for implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2720 and all relevant UN General Assembly resolutions.

For his part, Sikorski expressed Warsaw's deep gratitude for Egypt's assistance in repatriating the body of a Polish citizen who tragically lost his life during an Israeli operation targeting humanitarian aid workers associated with the World Central Kitchen in Gaza. 

In addition, he commended Cairo's relentless efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Gaza to reach a ceasefire and resolve the humanitarian situation in the besieged strip.

On a different note, Shoukry expressed Egypt's appreciation for Poland's support of Egyptian healthcare facilities treating injured Palestinians.

The support takes the form of aid dispatched by the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves via the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism.

Moreover, both ministers discussed plans for the inaugural session of the Egyptian-Polish Economic Committee, which will be held in the Polish capital, Warsaw, in December.

They also discussed the prospect of convening a new round of consultations between Egypt and Poland in Cairo later this year.

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