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Guterres Concludes His Visit to Egypt

Mon 25 Mar 2024 | 08:47 PM
António Guterres
António Guterres
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United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, concluded his visit to Egypt and arrived in Jordan on Monday to discuss efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza.

During his visit to Egypt, he called on Israel to commit to granting unrestricted access to humanitarian goods throughout Gaza. He has also urged for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages being held in Gaza.

Guterres asserted that the UN would continue working with Egypt to streamline the flow of aid into Gaza, which is currently being blocked. Speaking in front of the gate of the Rafah crossing, an entry point for aid, he expressed his heartbreak and outrage at the situation. 

"A long line of relief trucks on one side of the gates and the shadow of starvation on the other was more than tragic, it was a moral outrage," he said.

In his remarks at a press encounter with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt, he noted that UNRWA plays a vital role, and it's important to pay tribute to all the staff of UNRWA. 171 members of the staff of UNRWA were killed in Gaza. 

"This should deserve the respect of everybody. And UNRWA should be recognized as an essential factor in humanitarian aid, not only in Gaza, but playing a vital role in Jordan, in Syria, in Lebanon and in the West Bank."