International community should act for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza: Sisi to Dutch PM

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Nov 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed in a phone call on Thursday to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte the urgent need for the international community to act towards achieving an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mike Rutte (L) and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R). Photo : Egyptian Presidency

 

According to a statement released by the Egyptian Presidency, President El-Sisi stressed to PM Rutte the extremely dire humanitarian conditions and extensive destruction in the Gaza Strip.

"President El-Sisi pointed out the appalling humanitarian conditions and the widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip, which require a firm international stance that aims to halt the bloodshed, enforce the delivery of humanitarian aid, and provide an opportunity for political solutions," read the statement.

The president also reviewed with Rutte Egypt's efforts on the humanitarian front to provide relief to the people of Gaza, including receiving critically ill patients in Egyptian hospitals starting Wednesday, according to the statement.

El-Sisi highlighted Egypt's endeavours to de-escalate the situation and create conditions conducive to a political process for the two-state solution.

From his side, PM Rutte commended Egypt's role in evacuating foreign nationals from the region, coordinating and delivering humanitarian assistance, and working towards peace and stability in the region.

On his official “X” account, PM Rutte thanked Egypt for receiving and treating the injured from Gaza as well as for facilitating the exit of the first group of Dutch nationals and their immediate families from the strip through the Rafah border crossing.

He also thanked Qatar for its mediation in facilitating the departure of foreign nationals who were stranded in Gaza.

According to Dutch media, there are about 20 Dutch nationals in Gaza but it is unclear how many were able to leave the strip and cross the borders with Egypt.

According to Egyptian foreign ministry officials, Egypt is actively preparing to facilitate the reception and evacuation of over 7,000 foreign citizens from more than 60 countries in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.

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