Shoukry reiterates to German FM Egypt's rejection of Palestinians’ displacement

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jan 2024

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry reiterated on Tuesday Egypt’s total rejection of any measures taken to forcibly displace the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, during a press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock in Cairo.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry holds a press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock in Cairo, 9 January 2024. AFP


During the presser, Shoukry said that Egypt is exerting huge efforts to transfer humanitarian aid to the strip, amid the difficulties placed by Israel regarding the entry of humanitarian aid to the besieged strip through the Egyptian Red Crescent.

"We look forward to the United Nations coordinator establishing mechanisms for the entry of aid and facilitating its access to the displaced people inside the Gaza Strip to alleviate their suffering," Shoukry added.

Shoukry said the Palestinian people are currently subjected to forced displacement from north to south, noting that civilians are even being bombed in the south.

Before the presser, both sides held an extensive consultation session, particularly focusing on the devastating situation and the ongoing war in the strip, where they emphasized the imperative nature of achieving a ceasefire and ensuring the sustaining delivery of aid.

During the meeting, which touched on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern, Shoukry lauded the depth of Egyptian-German distinguished ties in different domains and coordination between both countries.

The two top diplomats also addressed the security in Red Sea navigation.

Meanwhile, Baerbock expressed her country's thanks to Egypt for its pivotal role in the Gaza Strip, stressing her country's full rejection of Palestinian displacement from Gaza or the West Bank and affirming the importance of preserving their rights.

Following the conference, Baerbock departed for Arish City and the Rafah border crossing to review Egypt’s efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the strip.

On Saturday, Shoukry urged France as the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to push for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 2720, which stipulated the creation of a mechanism to speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid to the strip.

In a significant tone shift, Baerbock and the British Minister of Foreign Affairs David Cameron published a joint article in December 2023, in The Sunday Times in the UK and Welt am Sonntag in Germany, calling for a “sustainable” ceasefire in the strip.

As the Israeli war on Gaza enters its 95th day, the Israeli army has killed more than 23,000 people so far, most of whom are women and children, while more than 58,000 people have been wounded.

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