Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi receives Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Jo o Gomes Cravinho, in Cairo Saturday. Photo: Egyptian Presidency
El-Sisi's remarks came during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovenia Tanja Fajon, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal João Gomes Cravinho in Cairo on Saturday.
Slovenia is set to assume a position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2024/2025.
According to Egypt's Spokesman for the Presidency Ahmed Fahmy, the Slovenian and Portuguese sides welcomed the humanitarian truce declared in the Gaza Strip.
The two top diplomats valued the leading Egyptian role, strategically, politically, and at the humanitarian level, throughout the crisis since its outbreak on 7 October.
During the meeting, which was attended by Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, there was consensus on the necessity to continue efforts to firm up the truce and build on it to reach a permanent ceasefire.
The two top diplomats affirmed that Egypt’s efforts culminated with the joint mediation that led to a truce and the exchanges of release of captives and detainees, according to Fahmy.
They also acknowledged Egypt’s role in evacuating foreign nationals from the Gaza Strip.
The meeting also agreed on the necessity of providing immediate and effective support to the humanitarian relief efforts for the Strip, in a manner sufficient to support the people of Gaza who have been deprived of their livelihoods and security.
There was also agreement on the categorical rejection of the displacement of the Palestinian people of Gaza from their lands.
Furthermore, El-Sisi stressed the need for the international community to move, in earnest, to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue, and recognize the independent Palestinian state along the borders of 4 June 1967, with east Jerusalem as its capital.
The Egyptian president stressed that this shall take place in a manner that achieves justice and ensures permanent security and stability in the region for all its people.
Earlier on Friday, Head of Egypt's State Information Service Diaa Rashwan, Egypt is communicating intensively with all parties to extend the four-day truce between the Palestinian and Israeli sides for one or two additional days.