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Blinken discusses with the Egyptian President efforts to calm the situation in the Gaza Strip,

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The discussions and all meetings stressed the need to take all measures to ensure the access of humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, and to reject the displacement of Palestinians outside their lands in any way...



Blinken discusses with the Egyptian President efforts to calm the situation in the Gaza Strip, amid intense diplomatic activity in the region
22/03/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Thursday morning, as part of the latter’s tour in the Middle East to discuss developments in the situation in the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptian President stressed the necessity of an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, pointing to the humanitarian catastrophe and famine facing the Strip and its residents that threaten the lives of innocent civilians, and warned of the dangerous consequences of any Israeli military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah.
A statement from the Egyptian Presidency conveyed that the meeting reviewed the latest developments in joint mediation efforts, with the aim of reaching a ceasefire and exchanging detainees. Sisi stressed the necessity of urgent action to deliver sufficient quantities of humanitarian aid to the sector, noting the necessity of opening the horizons of the political track through intensive work to activate a solution. The two countries.
According to the statement, the American minister praised the Egyptian efforts to push for calm, stressing the United States’ keenness on coordination and consultation with the aim of restoring stability and security in the region.
The two sides agreed on the need to take all measures to ensure the access of humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, and to reject the displacement of Palestinians outside their lands in any way, according to what the Egyptian presidency said.
The US Secretary of State also met with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, in Cairo.
Anthony Blinken stressed the continued efforts made by the United States to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, and to support negotiations to exchange prisoners and detainees with the aim of reaching a humanitarian truce.
Sameh Shukri stressed the importance of implementing Security Council Resolution No. 2720, regarding the work of the international mechanism to coordinate and monitor the entry of aid, and overcoming the obstacles placed by Israel in this regard.
The US Secretary of State arrived in Egypt on Thursday as part of a new Middle Eastern tour that led him, on Wednesday, to Saudi Arabia, before arriving on Friday in Israel as part of efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Diplomatic movement
On Thursday afternoon, Cairo also hosted a meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar, the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The attendees said in a joint statement that they exchanged views on developments in the Palestinian issue, and what was described as the catastrophic repercussions of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, and the efforts made to stop it and the unprecedented suffering and humanitarian catastrophe it produces, according to the statement.
The participants stressed the priority of achieving a comprehensive and immediate ceasefire and increasing the entry of humanitarian aid into the Strip, and the necessity of providing full support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and renewed their rejection of any attempts to displace Palestinians from their land.
The five ministers and the Palestinian official met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, where Blinken said after the meeting that it was “a mistake” to carry out a major Israeli military operation in Rafah, adding, “There is a better way to deal with the continuing threat posed by Hamas.”
Blinken spoke of a "convergence" in the negotiations to establish a truce in Gaza.
Summit in Abu Dhabi
In Abu Dhabi, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discussed with the Jordanian King, King Abdullah II, the efforts made to respond to the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the flow of more aid to the residents of the Strip to alleviate their suffering urgently and without obstacles, through land. And the sea and the air.
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the two sides stressed the need for serious international action to push towards the path of comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region, on the basis of the two-state solution.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister announced that the head of the Israeli Mossad will travel tomorrow, Friday, to the Qatari capital, Doha, to meet with mediators in an effort to reach an agreement on the exchange deal with Hamas.
She explained that the meeting includes the head of the American Intelligence Agency, the Qatari Prime Minister, the head of Egyptian Intelligence, and the head of the Israeli Mossad.
Israeli Channel 13 reported from sources that the head of the Mossad met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and informed him of “developments” in the negotiations.
The mediation parties failed to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip before the start of the month of Ramadan, but a new round of discussions began last week based on a proposal from the Hamas movement. In the first stage, the proposal is based on a six-week truce in exchange for the release of hostages held by Hamas and the release of Palestinian detainees in Israel.

 














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