Brussels Arab-European Ministerial Meeting supports immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the two-State Solution

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 May 2024

Arab and European Ministers issued a joint statement following their meeting in Brussels, in which they emphasised the importance of international recognition of the Palestinian state as the way towards a reliable and irreversible path for implementing the two-state solution as well as reaching an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The Arab-European Ministerial Meeting in held on Sunday in Brussels on Palestine. Photo : Egyptian Foreign ministry


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the Arab-European ministerial meeting in Brussels. The meeting was held to bolster efforts to implement the two-state solution and recognize the Palestinian state.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, brought together foreign ministers and representatives from various Arab and European countries, as well as international organizations. The participants discussed the urgent need to end the war in Gaza and take steps to implement the two-state solution.

According to the joint statement, the meeting highlighted the need for an immediate ceasefire, the release of prisoners and hostages, and the cessation of all illegal unilateral actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the control over the Rafah crossing.

The ministers also underscored the necessity of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

During the meeting, the discussions focused on concrete steps towards establishing a Palestinian state within the framework of the two-state solution, according to the statement.

Furthermore, the ministers emphasized the importance of transitioning to a political path that supports a sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The meeting concluded with a call for international recognition of the Palestinian state as a crucial step towards a comprehensive approach for implementing the two-state solution in line with international law and agreed standards, including the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Co-chaired by Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Norway's Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, and Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the meeting comes following a previous meeting in Riyadh in April as part of the ongoing efforts mandated by the Extraordinary Arab-Islamic Summit to address the developments in Gaza.

Ministers and representatives from Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Latvia, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Palestine, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation attended the meeting.

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