El-Sisi, Hungarian counterpart stress need for de-escalation in Gaza

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Nov 2023

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Hungarian President Katalin Novák stressed during a meeting in Cairo on Monday the need to work toward de-escalation in Gaza, underscoring the dire necessity to prevent the expansion of the conflict to the region.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi receives Hungarian President Katalin Novák in Cairo 27 November, 2023. Photo: Egyptian Presidency


During the meeting, El-Sisi and Novák condemned the targeting of all civilians and rejected the forced displacement of the Palestinians in Gaza.

According to the Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy, El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts from the beginning of the crisis until a humanitarian truce was reached in the Gaza Strip and stressed the importance of achieving a permanent ceasefire.

El-Sisi also stressed the cardinal importance of an unimpeded flow of the highest amount of relief aid possible to help the people in Gaza meet their essential needs and alleviate their humanitarian suffering. 

He also affirmed the need to prevent the conflict from spreading to the West Bank.  

In addition, the Egyptian president reiterated that stability and security in the region are solidly linked with the international recognition of the Palestinian State on the borders of 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

For her part, the president of Hungary expressed appreciation for Egypt’s role in safeguarding stability and peace in the Middle East and praised its efforts to resolve crises on the regional and international levels.  

Moreover, the meeting also touched on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, where both sides stressed the importance of robust international action to resolve it.

El-Sisi also reviewed the adverse impact of the war between Russia and Ukraine on the economies of developing countries, emphasising the need to propose political solutions that ensure the restoration of stability in the conflict zone.

Novák, who is visiting Egypt for the first time since assuming the presidency, was welcomed by El-Sisi at Al-Ittihadiya Palace.

On Wednesday, Israel and Hamas reached a temporary truce and captive swap deal mediated by Egypt, Qatar, and the US, which involves a halt of all hostilities in Gaza and the admission into Gaza of humanitarian aid for 2.4 million Palestinians in the besieged strip.

The agreement stipulates the release of 50 Israeli captives, including women and children. In return, Israel is to release a batch of 150 Palestinian prisoners, which also includes women and children.

Communications are ongoing with all parties to extend the four-day truce for one or two additional days.

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