Egypt, France FMs urge ceasefire in Gaza in Cairo meeting

Amr Kandil , Saturday 30 Mar 2024

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and France's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Stéphane Séjourné stressed the necessity of implementing a ceasefire and ending the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

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Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry welcomes French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs St phane S journ at Tahrir Palace, Cairo, March 30, 2024. Egypt s MFA spox


The foreign ministers held closed discussions in Cairo on Saturday to address the situation in Gaza.

Later today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan Ayman Safadi will join Shoukry and Séjourné for a meeting and a press conference focused on the Gaza crisis.

Séjourné said on Twitter today that he will discuss with Shoukry and Safadi the release of captives and coordination on their countries’ humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

The meeting comes as the Israeli war in Gaza has persisted for nearly six months now despite the United Nations Security Council’s recent adoption of a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan.

France, a permanent UNSC member, voted for the resolution.

The war in Gaza has killed more than 32,500 Palestinians and, injured over 75,000. It has also destroyed a majority of homes and infrastructure in the strip, and left a large portion of the population on the brink of famine.

Egypt, Jordan, and France have all warned against a planned Israeli ground invasion of Rafah city along the Egypt-Gaza border.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has deemed a potential operation in Rafah “disastrous.”

Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that any forced evacuation of people from Rafah will constitute “a war crime.”

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