Egypt FM condemns Israeli escalation in Gaza

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Jul 2014

Sameh Shoukry calls on Israel to exercise self-restraint as he concludes a visit to Amman and travels to Kuwait

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Egypt's foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) and his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Gouda (R) during talks in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 (Photo: the Egyptian Foreign Ministry official Facebook page)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has landed in Kuwait after concluding a visit to Amman, where he addressed regional unrest, namely in the Gaza Strip.

Talks between Shoukry and his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Gouda centred on how to quell a flare-up of violence which saw Israel kill at least 38 people in the Palestinian enclave on Tuesday.

Violence in the coastal strip began building up three weeks ago after three Israeli settler students were abducted in the occupied West Bank. They were killed and their bodies were found last week. Then a Palestinian teenage was kidnapped and burned to death in Jerusalem.

In a press briefing after talks concluded, Shoukry called on Israel to "exercise self-restraint," saying that both Cairo and Amman repudiate Israeli escalation against the Palestinians, state news agency MENA reported.

"This is due to Israel's intransigence and its clinging to policies of annexation and settlement in disputed lands," the statement added.

Egypt-Jordan talks also addressed the threat from the "Islamic State", formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, that has seen Sunni insurgents seize large areas of Syria and Iraq, the foreign ministry added.

Shoukry flew to Kuwait late on Tuesday to continue his Gulf tour which will also see him visit Saudi Arabia for an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation meeting, which will also look at developments in Palestine.

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