Shoukry reiterates calls for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza with world officials

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Nov 2023

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry reasserted the urgent need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to protect the lives of Palestinians, and provide necessary protection for civilians in phone calls with foreign counterparts and officials on Thursday, according to a statement released by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

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File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. (Photo: Al-Ahram)

 

Shoukry discussed the latest developments in the ongoing war in Gaza in phone calls with Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Nanaia Mahuta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand; and Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, added the statement.

The foreign ministry added that Shoukry exchanged insights and detailed assessments with these officials during the calls, focusing on the security and humanitarian conditions in Gaza and their potential repercussions on regional and international peace and security.

He emphasized the urgent need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to protect the lives of Palestinians, provide necessary protection for civilians, and reject the Israeli violations, including the collective punishment policies and the blockade and forced displacement of Gaza residents, added the foreign ministry.

In this context, he also stressed the importance of international efforts to ensure the sustainable and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian and relief aid to the people of Gaza.

During these calls, the officials expressed their gratitude to the Egyptian side for its efforts in de-escalation, ensuring the delivery of humanitarian and relief aid to the people of Gaza, providing necessary medical services to injured and Palestinian victims, and facilitating the exit of third-country nationals, according to the statement.

The call with Lavrov
 

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, Shoukry discussed with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov a new resolution proposed by Brazil at the United Nations Security Council.

He highlighted the importance of the Security Council fulfilling its legal and humanitarian responsibilities to end the tragic situation in Gaza, denounce the violations and their perpetrators, and intervene immediately to stop the escalation in compliance with international law and humanitarian law.

The Russian embassy in Cairo stated that Lavrov and Shoukry agreed on the unacceptability of any acts of violence against civilians and attacks on residential buildings and civilian infrastructure.

There was a strong endorsement for an immediate and lasting ceasefire and ensuring sustained access to humanitarian aid in Gaza, providing urgent assistance to all those in need, and the release of hostages were also underscored in the call, according to the Russian embassy.

The call also addressed the situation of Russian citizens in Gaza, and the efforts to ensure their safe exit through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the strip.

Talks with Borrell
 

FM Shoukry also discussed with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell the magnitude of the humanitarian disaster suffered by the people of Gaza.

Shoukry told Borrell that Israeli violations against Palestinian civilians have exceeded all laws, norms, and human values.

The number of victims, including over 3,700 children, has surpassed 9,000 in less than a month, reflecting the heinous justifications still used by some under the banners of self-defense or counterterrorism, Shoukry stated.

The European official, on his part, emphasized the necessity of protecting civilians amid the catastrophic conditions faced by the people of Gaza, expressing human shock at the unprecedented increase in civilian casualties, including the recent incident in Jabalia camp.

New Zealand Counterpart
 

FM Shoukry also discussed with his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta the coordination of actions aimed at implementing an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the efforts to protect and facilitate the exit of third-country nationals.

Shoukry welcomed New Zealand's support for the Arab Group's resolution in the United Nations General Assembly calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

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