Cairo Summit for Peace underway to address Israel-Gaza war de-escalation

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Oct 2023

The Cairo Summit for Peace commended in the New Administrative Capital to address Israel-Gaza war de-escalation and pursue a ceasefire.

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The summit brings together nine leaders and five premiers from Arab and European countries, along with high-level representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, and the African Union.

The event features the participation of President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine, King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE, President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of Mauritania, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Menfi, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, President Nikos Christodoulides of Cyprus and Crown Prince of Kuwait Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki are also participating in the summit.

The Cairo Summit for Peace, which was called for by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, is set to feature an opening session, during which the participating leaders will give opening remarks, and then a closed session.

In TV remarks to Sky News Arabia, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has recently said that the summit is meant to de-escalate the situation in Gaza, help reach a ceasefire, and solve the decades-old conflict based on the two-state solution.

The Cairo Summit for Peace comes in conjunction with the opening of the Rafah border crossing to the Gaza Strip, allowing trucks carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies, provided by multiple regional and international parties, for 2.3 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Since war broke out, 24/7 Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip killed nearly 4,100 Palestinians and injured more than 13,000 people in less than two weeks.

Moreover, Israeli airstrikes and bombardment also destroyed or seriously damaged hundreds of homes, leaving more than one million Palestinians without shelter.

Immediately after the war broke out, Egypt mobilized a massive effort to send hundreds of tonnes of food and medical supplies, donated by Egypt and various Arab governments, to relieve the Palestinians in Gaza, who have been denied food, water, and fuel due to an Israeli all-out blockade of the strip since the start of fighting.

In parallel with the summit's opening session on Saturday, the Rafah border crossing to the Gaza Strip finally opened, allowing trucks carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies, provided by multiple regional and international parties, for 2.3 million Palestinians.

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