Shoukry exchange views on Gaza developments with UK Minister of State for Middle East Affairs

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 May 2024

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry exchanged views and assessments regarding the humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza Strip earlier Sunday with Lord Tariq Ahmad, the British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Affairs, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Egypt s FM Sameh Shoukry in his meeting with Lord Tariq Ahmad on Sunday on the sidelines of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union held in Brussels. (Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry)


During the meeting that took place on the sidelines of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union held in Brussels, Shoukry and Ahmad emphasized the necessity of achieving a ceasefire in the region, exchanging prisoners and detainees, and ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians.

They also stressed the imperative of allowing unhindered access to humanitarian aid for the residents of Gaza.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the British Minister of State listened to Shoukry's assessments of the risks posed by Israeli military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah and around the Rafah crossing.

Shoukry reiterated the humanitarian consequences affecting more than 1.4 million Palestinians and the negative impact on peace and stability in the region.

He emphasized the need for Israel to comply with its obligations as an occupying power, to cease military operations in the Gaza Strip, adhere to international law, and implement all measures issued by the International Court of Justice, including opening the Rafah crossing and all land crossings between Israel and Gaza for the entry of aid.

In addition, Shoukry and Ahmad affirmed the importance of supporting the political process based on the two-state solution to address the roots of the crisis.

In this regard, Shoukry called for international recognition of the Palestinian state as a crucial step towards implementing the two-state solution.

This would enable the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the June 4, 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, he added.

The two parties agreed to continue consultations and coordination in the coming period to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to explore ways to provide necessary support to the Palestinian Authority and prevent the deterioration of conditions in the West Bank.

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