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President Sisi Condemns Israeli Actions in Rafah at Arab League Summit

Thu 16 May 2024 | 06:15 PM

During the 33rd Arab League Summit held in Manama, Bahrain, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi voiced a strong critique of Israel's military actions in the Palestinian town of Rafah, deeming them unacceptable.

President el-Sisi, addressing the assembly of Arab leaders, expressed a deep concern for the thousands of Palestinian children in Gaza who have been killed or orphaned, insisting that their rights remain a pressing moral issue for humanity until justice is achieved through international legal mechanisms.

President el-Sisi emphasized that while Egypt, in coordination with regional allies and international partners, tirelessly works to avert a regional catastrophe, there is a noticeable lack of genuine international political will to end the occupation and address the root causes of the conflict through a two-state solution. According to el-Sisi, Israel continues to shirk its responsibilities, dodging efforts to cease hostilities and persisting with its controversial military operations in Rafah. Furthermore, he highlighted attempts to use the Rafah crossing from the Palestinian side to tighten the blockade on Gaza, complicating the already tense situation.

The Egyptian leader’s statements underscore the growing frustration among Arab nations regarding the ongoing conflict and the perceived evasion by Israel of its obligations under international law. This sentiment is shared widely among the leaders present at the summit, reflecting a collective regional discontent with the progress toward peace.

The Arab League Summit serves as a critical platform for discussing such significant geopolitical issues, with this year's focus being particularly centered on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict amidst the broader discussions on Middle East stability. As the international community watches closely, the outcomes of these high-level meetings could influence future diplomatic efforts and potential resolutions in the region.