Egypt, France and Jordan call to stop unilateral actions hindering two state-solution

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Jun 2021

The three countries also agreed on the necessity of safeguarding the status of holy sites

A boy rides his bicycle while touching a large portrait of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, while Hamas leaders meet with Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel in Gaza City, Monday, May 31, 2021. AP Photo

Egypt, France and Jordan on Thursday emphasised the importance of stopping any unilateral actions that hinder the two state-solution and the revival of the peace process in the Middle East.

“Egypt, France and Jordan reiterated their commitment to the two-states solution based on the international laws and the agreed past resolutions, it is the only solution that can fulfill the aspirations of the Palestinians and Israelis permanently,” the foreign ministries of the three countries said in a joint statement following their video conference meeting.

Egypt, Jordan and France also agreed on the necessity of safeguarding the status of holy sites.

The three countries held a video conference on Thursday to coordinate and discuss the needs and resources related to the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories especially in Gaza.

In May, Egypt helped facilitate a ceasefire following 11 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions, chief among them Hamas.

The recent escalation was sparked on 10 May when Israel cracked down on Palestinian demonstrators protesting Israel’s plan to forcibly expel Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah district in East Jerusalem.

The Israeli bombing of Gaza has claimed over 250 Palestinian lives, including many women and children, while over 8,000 have been wounded.

Egypt has allocated of $500 million as part of an Egyptian initiative for the reconstruction of the strip, whose infrastructure has been devastated by the Israeli airstrikes.

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