Egypt pushing for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza: Sisi to Canadian PM Trudeau

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Feb 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reviewed in a telephone call with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Egypt’s efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, exchange prisoners, and give access to humanitarian aid in large and sufficient quantities to the people of the Strip.

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Combined images of (from L to R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

 

According to the Egyptian Presidency, El-Sisi warned in the call he received from the Canadian PM of the danger of military escalation, stressing the importance of working to stop the expansion of the conflict, and the necessity of activating the path of the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.

The Canadian prime minister expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian efforts, stressing the need to protect civilians, and expressed his country’s support for all efforts to reach a ceasefire, warning of the danger of escalation, according to the Egyptian Presidency.

Earlier on Thursday, the prime ministers of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on Thursday called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and warned Israel against an assault on Rafah, according to a joint statement released on Thursday.

On Wednesday, PM Trudeau met with King Abdullah of Jordan in Ottawa where they discussed their concerns around the planned offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and the severe humanitarian implications for all civilians taking refuge in the area, including many Canadians and their families.

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