Egypt FM Shoukry pushes for ceasefire and humanitarian aid to Gaza at UNHRC

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Feb 2024

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry pushed for a ceasefire in Gaza and increased international support for the Palestinian people while meeting with his counterparts at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Geneva,
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Geneva, on the sidelines of the UNHRC high-level segment, 26 February 2024. Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


Shoukry's meetings came during his participation at the high-level segment (HLS) of the 55th session of the UNHRC and the HLS of the Conference on Disarmament, taking place in Geneva from 26-28 February.

According to the ministry, Shoukry met with his Cypriot counterpart Constantinos Kombos, exchanging views on ways to facilitate humanitarian aid delivery to Gaza. They also discussed the strategic relations between both countries. 

During a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, Shoukry stressed the need for Türk to continue shedding light on the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza and the ongoing Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

In addition, Shoukry met with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, where they reviewed the deteriorating conditions in the West Bank in addition to Gaza, as well as the challenges faced by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Egypt's top diplomat further met with Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to discuss the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, and efforts to de-escalate and swap detainees, as well as the inevitability of reaching a permanent ceasefire and sustaining full aid delivery.

Moreover, Egypt's FM and the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen discussed the latest developments in Syria, and efforts toward settling the ongoing crisis and alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people.

Shoukry also met with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation.

On the 143rd day of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, Tel Aviv is facing growing international pressure to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza, as the Israeli army has killed 29,782 and wounded 70,043 since 7 October, most of whom are women and children.

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