Shoukry calls for implementation of UNSC resolution in Gaza

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Feb 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed on Thursday that international parties must ensure swift and full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2720, which includes a mechanism for increased aid to Gaza and the opening of all Gaza border crossings to humanitarian aid.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R), UK's Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs David Lammy (L). Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


During a phone call with the UK's Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, David Lammy, Shoukry assessed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, highlighting Egypt's political and diplomatic moves to reach a truce and ceasefire in Gaza and ensure adequate and sustainable entry of urgent humanitarian aid to the Strip.

According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's Spokesperson, Ahmed Abu Zeid, the call touched on the increasing tensions in the region due to the ongoing war in Gaza and the risks it presents to future regional stability. 

Furthermore, Shoukry expressed Egypt's deep concern about the military operations at the southern entrance to the Red Sea and their impact on international navigation traffic. He also warned of the dire consequences of expanding the conflict to other parts of the region.

In addition, Shoukry stressed the need to open up a political horizon to resolve the roots of the current crisis sustainably and launch a time-framed peace process that culminates in establishing an independent Palestinian state, according to the two-state solution, to achieve peaceful coexistence and stability in the region.

For nearly four months, Israel has continued its brutal war and relentless attacks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the overnight and early morning assaults, at least 27,000  have been killed and 66,000 injured, most of whom are women and children. Israel's constant attacks also precipitated a humanitarian crisis and a severe shortage of health services and food.

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