Sisi urges int’l action to de-escalate conflict in Gaza in meeting with US Central Command head

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on Thursday for concerted efforts by the international community to contain the conflict in Gaza and halt its escalation “in dangerous directions.”

Photo of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a meeting with General Michael Kurilla, the head of the US Central Command, in Cairo on Thursday, 19 October 2023. (Photo: the Egyptian presidency)


This came during a meeting with General Michael Kurilla, the head of the US Central Command, who is currently visiting Cairo.

El-Sisi stressed to Kurilla the need to shift focus towards reviving the peace path based on the solution of two states living side by side in peace and security.

The president also highlighted the danger of the conflict’s security consequences, as per a statement by the Egyptian presidency.

El-Sisi underscored that it is “a top priority” to continue delivering humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip “in a sustainable manner” in light of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the strip.

Today’s meeting comes hours after El-Sisi and US President Joe Biden have reached an agreement for the sustained entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Convoys of life-saving aid stretching for miles provided to the war-torn Gaza Strip are still being held on the Egyptian side, waiting for a safe passage, as the Palestinian side of the crossing was subject to 4 aerial bombings by the Israeli side.

Following his call with El-Sisi, Biden said around 20 aid trucks will be delivered to Gaza, noting that the process will require nearly 8 hours of coordination and expecting the aid to reach Gaza by Friday.

El-Sisi and Kurilla stressed during today’s meeting their keenness to strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between Egypt and the US in various fields, especially military and security.

Since 7 October, Israel has put Gaza, home to 2.3 million people, under a total blockade and rained it with airstrikes, killing over 3,500 Palestinians, including more than 1,000 children, according to Palestine's Representative to the UN Riyad Mansour.

Israel has deprived the civilians of food, water, and fuel, putting Gaza at risk of a humanitarian catastrophe.  

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