Arab countries at WEF warn against Israeli assault on Rafah

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Apr 2024

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Riyadh on Saturday, foreign ministers of six Arab countries including Egypt warned against an Israeli ground operation in Palestinian Rafah, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participates in the six Arab states’ consultative meeting, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, 27 April 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry participated on Saturday evening in the ministerial consultative meeting of the six Arab countries concerned with monitoring the developments in Palestine and ending Israel’s war on Gaza.

FMs from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Palestine also attended.

The meeting involved extensive discussions about the Egyptian/Qatari mediation efforts in cooperation with the United States, and the coordination of Arab positions on this matter.

During the meeting, Shoukry reiterated the warning about the risks of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian city of Rafah, and its potential catastrophic humanitarian consequences for over 1.4 million displaced Palestinians and harm to regional security.

Participants in the meeting reaffirmed their categorical rejection of any attempts to displace Palestinians from their land.

The officials' discussions addressed ways to implement the Arab vision for ending the war, dealing with the humanitarian consequences, and reaching a serious political horizon to support the Palestinian cause.

Shoukry emphasized the necessity of implementing the two-state solution according to international resolutions and the importance of international recognition of the state of Palestine and its full membership in the United Nations.

The six foreign ministers are planning to hold a coordination meeting with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on 29 April to follow up on stopping the war, addressing the humanitarian situation, and discussing the future of the Palestinian issue.

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