Sisi calls int'l community to end Gaza war, break Israeli siege at China-Arab forum

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 May 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has called on all active actors of the international community to assume their moral and legal responsibilities to stop the outrageous Israeli war on Gaza, during the opening session of the 10th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in the Beijing on Thursday.

Presidentt Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
A photo of El-Sisi speaking during the opening session of the 10th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in the Beijing on Thursday, 30 May 2024 (Photo: The Egyptian Presidency)


Several Arab leaders, including Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Tunisia's President Kais Saied, and the UAE's President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, attended the event.

El-Sisi also urged for immediate and decisive action to enforce the instantaneous and unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, break the Israeli siege, and counter any attempts to forcibly displace the Palestinians from their lands.  

He affirmed that addressing the root causes of the Palestinian issue is the only path to achieve regional and international peace and stability.

“This requires prompt and earnest commitment to the two-state solution and the acknowledgement of the Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish their independent state,” he continued.

He also expressed all Arab countries’ appreciation for China’s policies and persistent support for the Palestinian cause, immediate ceasefire in Gaza, and the Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish their independent state.

Arab-China ties

Arab-China political relations are rooted in a solid foundation of shared values, primarily a mutual commitment to adamantly safeguarding security, stability, and interests of peoples and firmly rejecting aggression that undermines sovereignty, President El-Sisi said.

These relations alongside cooperation to uphold these principles have served as a fulcrum for efforts to uphold international stability and justice.

El-Sisi added that the forum manifests a reciprocal commitment to achieve key political and economic objectives, including promoting South-South cooperation and establishing a more just international order.

It also aims to foster joint technical cooperation in the face of challenges associated with global economic governance, facilitate technology transfer and localization, combat climate change, and ensure water security, he noted.

GERD dispute

Moreover, the president also stated that both Egypt and Sudan engaged in good faith in negotiations with Ethiopia for ten years over the longstanding dispute caused by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

In December, Cairo announced the talks with Addis Ababa has reached an end as the latest trilateral round of talks with Ethiopia and Sudan failed to yield any results.

"Egypt will not tolerate anything that would compromise or undermine the security and stability of our countries and our peoples,” El-Sisi stressed. 

Furthermore, he called for placing the issue of Arab water security as a top priority for future cooperation within the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, as it represents a pressing issue that could spiral into an existential threat.

The China-Arab forum, founded in 2004, is a framework for dialogue and cooperation between Arab countries and China.



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