Sisi, Biden agree to deliver humanitarian aid, fuel to UN at Karm Abu Salem border crossing with Gaza temporarily

Ahram Online , Friday 24 May 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and US Joe Biden President agreed on Friday to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and fuel to the United Nations at the Karm Abu Salem border crossing between Egypt-Gaza-Israel temporarily until a legal mechanism for reopening the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt from the Palestinian side is established.

Presidents SIsi and Biden


This came during a phone call between the two presidents that focused on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by the Egyptian presidency.

The call came shortly after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in a 13-2 vote that Israel must immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in Rafah and open the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt to allow the entry of humanitarian aid to 2.4 million Palestinians who are facing a disastrous situation.

The two leaders also agreed on the necessity of intensifying international efforts to ensure the success of the negotiation process and to end the prolonged humanitarian crisis faced by the Palestinian people.

In this respect, Biden expressed his deep appreciation for Egypt's intensive, persistent, and continuous efforts and mediation to achieve a ceasefire and a truce agreement in the region, according to the statement.

The call tackled the catastrophic shortage of necessities and fuel essential for hospitals and bakeries in the Gaza Strip.

The two leaders also concurred on the importance of concerted efforts to enforce the two-state solution under international legitimacy decisions.

Both presidents reaffirmed their rejection of any attempts to displace Palestinians from their land, expressing their support for all measures aimed at preventing the escalation and expansion of the conflict.

Last week, Cairo disclosed that it rejected any coordination with Israel on the Rafah border crossing after Israel seized the Palestinian side of the crossing.

Cairo has expressed its total refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, insisting on only dealing with Palestinian personnel on the Palestinian side of the crossing in aid delivery to the strip.

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