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FM Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

Sun 24 Mar 2024 | 02:31 PM
Sameh Shoukry
Sameh Shoukry
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has made a strong appeal for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, highlighting the urgent need for a resolution to the escalating conflict. In a comprehensive address, Shoukry emphasized the collective efforts of Arab nations towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, underscoring the Arab Peace Initiative's vision for a sustainable peace process and statehood.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also voiced concerns, stressing the importance of adhering to international law, particularly the protection of civilians in conflict zones. Guterres criticized the current military operations in Gaza for violating international legal standards and underscored the necessity of allowing humanitarian aid into the region.

The dialogue extended to discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, where the focus was on preventing the displacement of Palestinians and empowering the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza and the West Bank effectively. The negotiations explored avenues for a comprehensive resolution that would lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and put an end to the longstanding cycles of conflict and violence.

Shoukry highlighted the alignment of Arab countries with Western perspectives on the cessation of military activities in Gaza and the critical need to address the region’s humanitarian and political challenges. He reiterated the importance of an immediate ceasefire to facilitate peace talks and humanitarian relief efforts, aiming to restore stability and peace in the region.