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Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, and UAE Call for Immediate Ceasefire and Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Thu 21 Mar 2024 | 05:02 PM
FM Sameh Shoukry
FM Sameh Shoukry

On Thursday, Arab foreign ministers from Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Qatar, along with the UAE's Minister of State for International Cooperation and the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, convened to discuss the pressing developments in the Palestinian issue and the catastrophic effects of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

The meeting aimed to address the ongoing humanitarian disaster and efforts to halt it, amidst the unprecedented suffering faced by over two million Palestinians at risk of famine.

The participants unanimously underscored the necessity of an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, the enhancement of humanitarian aid access, and the opening of all crossings between Israel and Gaza to overcome obstacles imposed by Israel. They emphasized the complete implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2720 to meet the dire needs of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.

The discussion also highlighted the crucial support needed for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), renewing their stance against any attempts to forcibly displace Palestinians from their homeland or to undermine the Palestinian cause. The officials firmly rejected all unilateral actions by Israel that jeopardize the prospects of achieving a just peace, including settlement expansion and attempts to alter the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and its holy Islamic and Christian sites.

Moreover, the significance of the Hashemite custodianship in safeguarding these sacred places and their Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity was reiterated, alongside the imperative of realizing the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state under international references, including the Arab Peace Initiative.