Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Photo : Egyptian Presidency
Both sides agreed on the urgent need to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza to mitigate the unprecedented humanitarian suffering.
The two leaders also affirmed the importance of respecting international law and preserving the two-state solution.
The Norwegian prime minister published a statement on his official Facebook page, mentioning his call with the Egyptian president.
“There is close contact with Norwegian and Egyptian authorities and representatives, We discussed the developments in the war, the demand for a ceasefire so that hostages can be released and emergency help can come in and what could be long-term solutions that could contribute to a two-state solution,” he said.
“We agree that the acute situation now is the lack of water, food, medicine, and what is needed for a locked population to survive,” Støre said, adding this is also supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“Much more help needs to come in, with the least delays, and preferably through more openings than the one on the Egyptian border,” he said.