Shoukry urges Russia to use permanent seat on UNSC to push for permanent ceasefire in Gaza war

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Nov 2023

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry asked Russia on Tuesday to use its permanent seat on the Security Council to push for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, also expressing Arab and Muslim countries’ appreciation for Russia’s support of Palestine.

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attends a meeting about Gaza, hosted by Russia with foreign ministers from members of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. AP


Shoukry’s remarks came as a member of an Arab-Islamic delegation that met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

The Egyptian foreign minister also asked, rhetorically, how many Palestine civilian casualties would be needed for Israel to achieve its goals.

On 25 October, Russia vetoed a US draft resolution submitted to the UNSC on the current conflict in the Gaza Strip because it did not call for an immediate ceasefire.

On Wednesday, it also abstained from supporting the UNSC's resolution calling for extended humanitarian pauses because it did not include a call for an immediate ceasefire.

Entering its 46th day on Tuesday, the Israeli war on Gaza has already claimed the lives of 13,300 Palestinians, including 5,600 children and 3,500 women.

Shoukry also affirmed that the continuous bombing of displaced people in the south had a clear objective: to force Gaza residents to leave.

“Egypt explicitly declared its rejection of any attempt to displace Palestinians,” the foreign minister added.

Egypt has drafted a resolution to be presented before the Security Council on behalf of the Arab and Islamic groups to address the existing flaw in the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, he announced.

At the end of the meeting, the foreign ministers expressed their gratitude to the Russian side for the warm reception, affirming their commitment to continued consultation and coordination with Russia to contain the crisis and minimize its repercussions.

Shoukry, along with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, and Indonesia, as well as the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for the second stop in their tour of member countries of the Security Council.

The first stop was in Beijing on Monday, where Shoukry said major countries should play a larger role in halting Israeli attacks on Palestinians.

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