Egypt, Lebanon call for containing Gaza escalation, averting spread of violence

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Nov 2023

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati have called for the international community to assume its responsibilities and work to contain the military escalation in the Gaza Strip, which is now on its 29th day.

Egypt, Lebanon
Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Right) and Lebanon s Prime Minister Najib Mikati during a meeting in Cairo on Saturday, November 4, 2023 (Photo: the Egyptian Presidency)

 

In a meeting in Cairo on Saturday, both sides stressed the need to avoid the expansion of the scope of violence, restart the peace path, and seek a two-state solution to achieve justice, security and stability for the people of the region.

El-Sisi briefed Mikati on the efforts Egypt has exerted towards achieving a ceasefire and delivering humanitarian aid, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency.

Mikati expressed to El-Sisi his appreciation of Egypt's political and humanitarian role in this crisis. 

So far, the Palestinian death toll has reached 9,488, including 3,900 children, and the number of injured has risen to 24,158.

Egypt is receiving between 40 and 50 injured Palestinians from Gaza for treatment daily via the Rafah crossing.

The crossing has been open since Wednesday for seriously injured Palestinians as well as for foreigners and dual nationals fleeing the strip for Egypt, per a recently reached deal.

On the Israel-Lebanon border, tensions have escalated between the Israeli army and Hezbollah since the beginning of the war on Gaza on 7 October.

Egypt supports Lebanese institutions

Meanwhile, El-Sisi also emphasized Egypt’s steadfast support for the institutions of the Lebanese state in the interest of stability and security.

PM Mikati appreciated this support and confirmed the importance of Egypt's role in solidifying stability in Lebanon, which reflects the special relationship between the two countries, the statement added.

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