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Egypt's efforts to restore calm in Gaza

Tuesday، 17 October 2023 03:21 PM

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi directed, from the first moment of clashes, to intensify Egypt’s contacts with all relevant parties.

Egypt has been in direct contact with the Israeli and Palestinian sides, as well as regional and international parties since (Saturday) 10-7-2023 until now, both at the level of President El- Sisi and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the concerned authorities.

7/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi followed up the latest developments in the Gaza Strip from the national strategic crisis management center.

Egypt has warned against serious repercussions of the ongoing escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in the aftermath of a series of attacks against Palestinian cities, in a statement by the foreign ministry.

Egypt called for exercising maximum self-restraint to avoid bloodshed and protect lives, confirmed that the continuation of violence can lead to dangerous consequences, which, it added would negatively affect the future of truce efforts, according to the statement.

Egypt urged active parties internationally, that are involved in supporting efforts to resume peacemaking to immediately intervene to stop ongoing escalation and call on Israel to stop attacks and provocative acts against the Palestinian people and abide by international humanitarian law rules, added the statement.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron, the call touched on consultation and coordination regarding efforts to stop the current escalation in the Gaza Strip between the Palestinians and Israelis. The two presidents expressed deep concern over the successive and dangerous deterioration of the situation and stressed the need for all international and regional efforts to focus on stopping the escalation and violence, and exercising the utmost levels of restraint, with the aim of containing the situation and preventing the loss of more lives. The President noted that Egypt has extensively contacted the Israeli and Palestinian sides as well as international and regional parties, in order to contain the current escalation, warning of the danger of further deterioration and more violence and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, dragging the region into a vicious circle of tension and threatening regional stability and security.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, stressed the need for coordinated international positions to urge for de-escalation and exercising the utmost restraint. Shoukry called on the international community to encourage the two sides to return to the long-frozen path of negotiations to reach the ultimate goal of a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue based on the two-state solution.

He stressed that Egypt has repeatedly called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, and this requires cessation of the Israeli storming of Palestinian cities, avoiding recurring provocative actions that inflame feelings.

FM Sameh Shoukry had a telephone call from Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno, whose country currently holds the presidency of the European Union Council, to search for ways to stop the current violent escalations, stressed the need to provide a window of opportunity for diplomatic overtures meant to contain the situation and restore calm. He also called on heavyweight international parties, including the European Union, to assume their responsibilities in this regard.


Shoukry make a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, emphasized the need to reach an immediate halt to the escalation, and highlighted the role the United Nations Security Council can play in addressing the Palestinian issue comprehensively and safeguarding Palestinian rights -- including the establishment of an independent state.

Shoukry had a phones call with Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, explored ways to de-escalate tensions in the Palestinian enclave, with Shoukry urging action at the international level to stop the escalation and defuse the current Palestinian-Israeli crisis.

Shoukry received a call from Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, during which they probed ways to coordinate regional efforts to defuse the crisis and work to avoid entering into a vicious cycle of violence and counter-violence that would only lead to instability in the region.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made a phone call with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna, within the framework of consultations that Egypt is conducting with influential international parties to coordinate efforts to halt the ongoing escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis, The call tackled the importance of taking action at the international level to stop the escalation and defuse the current Palestinian-Israeli crisis, especially in light of the membership of Egypt and France in the Munich Group mechanism concerned with promoting Middle East peace efforts. Shoukry emphasized to the French minister the gravity of the current crisis and its humanitarian and security implications, especially if it is left to spiral out of control, underlining that it is highly imperative for all parties to exercise the utmost levels of self-restraint and resort to a calm approach. He added that the two top diplomats agreed to continue joint consultation and coordination at all levels during the coming days and to work to have the crisis resolved forthwith.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan within the framework of consultation and coordination regarding the ongoing violent escalations between the Palestinians and Israelis. Shoukry was keen to inform Sheikh Abdullah of the contacts that Egypt is making to de-escalate tensions and contain the crisis. The two sides agreed on the seriousness of the current conditions and the imperativeness of making all possible efforts to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control and threatening the lives of civilians even further.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had a phone call with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on the Palestinian-Israeli escalation, the two sides expressed concerns over the dangerous escalation, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said. Shoukry underlined the importance of rallying up international and regional efforts to halt this escalation and violence and to exercise utmost self-restraint to avoid more casualties and ensure that the security situation would not go out of control. The two ministers agreed to hold continued consultation and coordination in the coming hours. 



8/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The call focused on the successive developments at the Palestinian-Israeli level. The President of the European Council confirmed the European side’s commitment to intensifying consultations and exchange of visions with President El-Sisi in this regard in order to end the state of violence and escalating tension that warns of dangerous repercussions. President El-Sisi emphasized the importance of ending the ongoing escalation and of exercising self-restraint by all parties, given the grave threats this poses to the lives of civilians and to the security and stability of the region. The President reviewed Egypt’s ongoing movements with all regional and international parties, with the aim of unifying and coordinating efforts, and sparing the region from further factors of turmoil and instability. This shall be conducive to advancing just and comprehensive peace efforts based on the two-state solution and in accordance with international law and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The two presidents discussed the security and military escalation on the Palestinian-Israeli level and highlighted the danger of the absence of a political prospect and the exacerbation of the current conditions, which threaten the lives of civilians as well as the region's security and stability. The two presidents expressed deep concern over the continuation of the current escalation and the ensuing severe deterioration of the security and humanitarian conditions. They confirmed that achieving sustainable stability in the region requires reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue based on the two-state solution in accordance with the reference of international legitimacy.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, to discuss efforts aimed at ending the current escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis. The President and the German Chancellor agreed on the importance of exerting intensive efforts to end the military escalation, in order to prevent the situation from drifting into vicious circles of violence and human suffering, taking into consideration the possible formidable repercussions on regional security and stability. President El-Sisi reiterated the importance of addressing the root causes of the conflict by supporting the path of calm and advancing efforts toward reaching a settlement for the Palestinian issue in a just, comprehensive and durable manner, based on the two-state solution in accordance with the adopted references and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

Minister Shoukry discusses with the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Hungary and the Netherlands efforts to halt the escalation between Palestinians and Israelis. As part of the ongoing consultations conducted by Egypt to halt the escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received phone calls from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Hanke Bruins Slot. Minister Shoukry’s contacts with his counterparts focused on assessing the actual situation regarding the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, and between the Palestinian and Israeli sides on various fronts, which necessitates concerted efforts at the regional and global levels to urge the parties to uphold the path of de-escalation, exercise restraint, and stay away from the spiral of violence in order to spare innocent civilians the consequences of this escalation.  Minister Shoukry also affirmed Egypt’s commitment to continuing all efforts aimed at achieving de-escalation and an immediate cessation of escalation in the Gaza Strip and other areas, while emphasizing the necessity of concerted international efforts in order to achieve this goal, being a priority at the current stage. Shoukry also called for the importance of tackling the Palestinian cause in a comprehensive perspective that addresses the roots of the crisis, ensures the preservation of the legitimate Palestinian rights, and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Minister Shoukry receives a phone call from his British counterpart to discuss de-escalation efforts in the Palestinian territories. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a call from the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly, in the framework of consultations regarding the dangers of the ongoing escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and coordinating efforts to contain the crisis. The two ministers expressed during the call their deep concern over the continued escalation of the pace of violence in the Gaza Strip and other areas between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, as well as the accompanying deterioration of the security and humanitarian conditions and civilian bloodshed, stressing the necessity of coordinating global efforts in order to urge the parties to follow the path of de-escalation and exercise utmost restraint to prevent slipping into a bloody track that will cost additional innocent civilians and which security consequences will extend to the entire region. Minister of Foreign Affairs, on his part, affirmed Egypt's commitment to continuing its contacts with the parties, to demand halting the escalation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings. He also conveyed to his British counterpart the importance for the Security Council to assume its responsibility for the immediate cessation of ongoing military operations, and for it to set procedures that would address the Palestinian cause in an integrated perspective that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people. The two ministers also agreed to continue consultation and coordination during the coming days in order to support the de-escalation path and prevent further escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

Minister Shoukry receives a phone call from his Italian Counterpart in connection with the ongoing escalation between Palestinians and Israelis. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Antonio Tajani, in the framework of following up developments of the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip and between the Palestinian and Israeli sides in various areas. During the call, Minister Shoukry stressed the importance of striving to put an end to the ongoing escalation by all means, and preventing the situation from sliding into further violence, human suffering, and endangering the lives of civilians, explaining that Egypt has repeatedly warned of the occurrence of this painful scenario as a result of the absence of prospects for a solution and a just settlement of the Palestinian cause, as well as the continuation of Israeli attacks against Palestinian property and rights. In addition, Minister Shoukry reiterated the importance of intensifying global efforts and coordination among all influential parties in order to advance the path of de-escalation, and urging the two sides to exercise utmost self-restraint, thus preventing them from entering into a vicious circle of armed confrontations, while emphasizing the dire consequences this matter poses to innocent civilians and its repercussions on regional security and stability. The two ministers agreed to continue close consultation to advance the efforts aimed at containing the crisis during the coming days.

9/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The call focused on developments on the Palestinian arena and efforts underway to stop the ongoing military escalation. President El-Sisi and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed agreed on the importance of intensive coordination and consultations and of pushing forward diplomatic efforts aimed at reducing the escalation and violence, protecting civilians, sparing the blood and embarking on the path of achieving just, comprehensive and durable peace to reinforce security and stability in the region.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Karl Nehammer. The phone call focused on developments in the current events between the Palestinians and Israelis and regional and international efforts needed to contain the situation and put an end to the cycle of violence, which claims the lives of civilians, particularly in light of the threat that the current situation poses to security and stability in the region. President El-Sisi reiterated the importance of advancing the path of a just and comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian issue, based on the two-state solution, which requires a halt to the escalation, preventing a deterioration of the situation and urging all parties to exercise self-restraint.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The call touched on consultations on efforts to contain the escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in light of the successive developments at this level that portend dire consequences for the security and stability of the region. The two presidents agreed on the importance of urging all parties to immediately stop the confrontations and violence, and to avoid exposing civilians to further risks and loss of life, taking into account the need to protect civilians and secure humanitarian conditions suitable for their livelihood. The two presidents also stressed that permanently ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict comes through providing hope and political prospect, and implementing the two-state solution based on the approved terms of reference and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. President El-Sisi and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman focused on the latest developments in the ongoing escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis, the formidable danger it poses to the lives of civilians, as well as its threat to the stability of the region. They reiterated the importance of exercising self-restraint at this crucial stage and of giving priority to the voice of reason and the path of calm, in order to prevent the security and humanitarian situation from deteriorating and from spiraling out of control. They agreed to continue consultations and coordination between Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the coming period, so as to confirm the Arab vision with regard to the Palestinian cause. This vision revolves around achieving a just and comprehensive settlement, based on the two-state solution, in accordance with the references of international legitimacy, which requires immediate calm and ending military confrontations in all directions.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The call touched on the escalating developments of the current crisis between the Palestinians and Israelis and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. The President and the UN Secretary-General agreed that the crisis poses a danger to peace and security in the region as well as the need to halt to military operations on various fronts, protect civilians through immediate measures to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, and provide an opportunity for diplomatic efforts to contain the situation, restore calm, and revive the peace process. The President also stressed the need to work seriously to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions issued in this regard, as Egypt continues its efforts to support future steps in this regard, in addition to the important role of the United Nations in coordinating with the active parties in the international community to contribute to this path, which is indispensable for achieving sustainable peace and security in the Middle East.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides. The two Presidents discussed ongoing efforts to stop the escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis. They agreed on the importance of consolidating all efforts at the regional and international levels to urge the parties to give priority to the path of self-restraint and move away from the cycle of violence to spare the civilians the consequences of this escalation. President El-Sisi confirmed that Egypt is continuing its intensive contacts with the various parties in order to achieve calm and halt the mutual escalation. The President underscored the importance of dealing with the Palestinian issue from a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of the crisis and realizes durable stability in the region. The phone call also tackled prospects for enhancing the firm bilateral cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus as well as within the framework of the Tripartite Cooperation Mechanism with Greece.

Minister Shoukry receives calls from the Foreign Ministers of Portugal, Norway, and Slovenia to discuss de-escalation efforts between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received telephone calls from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Anniken Huitfeldt, and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon, for coordination and consultation regarding the grave escalation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings, and the efforts aimed at containing the crisis, halting armed confrontations, and staying away from targeting civilians.  The Foreign Minister briefed his counterparts on the efforts exerted by Egypt to reduce the escalation between Palestinians and Israelis, and urge the parties to uphold the path of supporting de-escalation and exercising utmost restraint, under the ongoing grave escalation, stressing the importance of the immediate cessation of the ongoing bombing against the Gaza Strip, thus to spare civilians further dangers and loss of life. The Ministers agreed on the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts in order to ensure the necessary de-escalation is achieved, and to allow for restoring security stability. Moreover, Minister Shoukry reiterated, during the calls, the gravity of targeting civilian establishments and facilities, and obstructing the access of basic services and relief materials to the residents of the Gaza Strip, in order to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian conditions of the people of the Strip. Minister Shoukry was keen to emphasize in all his contacts that there is no way for the international community but to strive towards putting an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict definitively, based on international legitimacy resolutions, and to pursue the appropriate political horizon for reaching this goal.

10/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The phone call discussed the latest developments pertinent to the military escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis. The two leaders reviewed the ongoing intensive contacts with various concerned parties to urge de-escalation and achieve calm, in order to stop the bloodshed and to protect civilians who are subjected to great humanitarian suffering as a result of continuing military operations. They confirmed the need to push strongly towards achieving just peace in the region based on the two-state solution in accordance with the relevant references of international legitimacy.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received two phone calls from his counterparts Giorgos Gerapetritis of Greece and Nabil Ammar of Tunisia to discuss efforts being exerted for de-escalation between the Palestinians Israelis. The talks focused on means to defuse the crisis and end the violence and military operations targeting the Gaza Strip and its surrounding areas since such escalation would exacerbate the humanitarian and security conditions for Palestinian people. Shoukry underscored the need to coordinate efforts of regional and international parties to cease hostilities immediately to save the lives of civilians and innocent people from both sides. Shoukry underscored the need to coordinate efforts of regional and international parties to cease hostilities immediately to save the lives of civilians and innocent people from both sides.


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. The phone call discussed developments related to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian escalation, as well as the violent Israeli bombing against the Gaza Strip over the past few days, and the ensuing confrontations that have exposed the lives of hundreds of civilians to dangers, in addition to the threats they pose to the security and stability of the region. Shoukry expressed Egypt’s deep concern over the continuation and intensity of the military confrontations, especially the large-scale Israeli bombing against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and briefed his Iranian counterpart on Egypt’s efforts to contain the ongoing escalation and achieve the desired de-escalation. This is in addition to the tireless Egyptian efforts aimed at delivering humanitarian and relief aid via the Rafah crossing, despite the Israeli bombing of areas on the Palestinian side of the crossing.

FM Shoukry receives a phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Zbigniew Rau, in connection with the ongoing developments in the Gaza Strip and the grave escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides during the past days. Shoukry affirmed that Egypt is continuing its endeavors aimed at advancing coordinated regional and global efforts to urge the parties to adopt the path of de-escalation, and to stay away from the scenario of continuing armed operations given its grave humanitarian consequences on the lives of civilians, in addition to its security and political repercussions which extend to the entire region.

11/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. The phone call focused on developments in the current escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis, in light of the grave repercussions on security and stability in the region and the escalating humanitarian suffering incurred by civilians as a result of the conflict. The two leaders agreed on the importance of unifying efforts to urge the parties to calm down and reduce violence. They also reviewed contacts underway in this regard. President El-Sisi and His Majesty the Sultan of Oman underscored the importance of advancing efforts aimed at reaching a just, comprehensive and durable solution to the Palestinian issue, based on the two-state solution, in accordance with the references and resolutions of international legitimacy, and in a manner that achieves security and stability for all peoples in the region.


President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte. The phone call discussed the ongoing developments in the Gaza Strip and the dangerous escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis over the past days. The two sides agreed on the gravity of the current conflict, given its formidable humanitarian consequences as well as its security and political repercussions that will extend to the entire region. President El-Sisi reiterated that Egypt is continuing its endeavors to advance coordinated regional and international efforts to urge all parties to adopt the path of calm and de-escalation and reduce military operations. He emphasized that settling the Palestinian issue through just and lasting peace is the way to achieving security and stability in the region.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who expressed his keenness to continue consulting with the President regarding developments pertinent to the escalation in the Gaza Strip and the military confrontations between the Palestinians and Israelis, in light of the rapid developments posing a threat to regional stability. Both sides reviewed the ongoing contacts and action at the international and regional levels to restore calm and reduce tension, stressing the importance of avoiding the expansion of the conflict, and allowing room for diplomatic efforts to protect civilians and to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Mr. Guterres thanked the President for Egypt's role and its esteemed efforts to facilitate the arrival of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The call focused on consultations regarding the military escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis. President El-Sisi and the President of the European Commission reviewed intensified efforts to contain the situation, in light of the increasing pace of violence and military operations. The President stressed the importance of coordinating efforts of regional and international parties to urge an immediate halt to the escalation, as it is the priority at the present time to stop the bloodshed of civilians on both sides and to avert the Palestinian people further humanitarian suffering. This is in addition to the importance of facilitating the arrival of humanitarian aid. The call also touched on cooperation between Egypt and the European Union, and ways to continue strengthening and developing it across various sectors, in light of the close and distinguished relations between the two sides.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone calls from High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell and Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira. During phone calls, Shoukry urged Palestinians and Israelis to give precedence to de-escalating the explosive situation in Gaza to prevent further bloodshed among innocent civilians from both sides and also warned about the grave consequences if ongoing armed confrontations continue. These confrontations might plunge the area into a vicious cycle of violence, which would in turn have its implications on regional stability, Shoukry warned. He emphasized the need to coordinate regional as well as international efforts to urge the conflict parties to put an immediate stop to violence and armed confrontations as the top priority for the time being, and ensure the protection of civilians.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the emergency meeting of the Arab League Council at the ministerial level regarding Palestine, via video conference technology, and said "the onus of Gaza's fate is on Israel" and its “collective punitive measures blatantly violate international law."

Shoukry added that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has “entered a new phase in recent days, one that will impact both peoples and potentially affect the entire region if the deteriorating situation and escalating violence are not contained in a timely manner". He noted that the harsh scenes witnessed in recent days need no explanation. "They are the inevitable result of neglecting to earnestly address the Palestinian issue and managing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without actively working towards a comprehensive and just resolution that rectifies the decades-long injustices suffered by the Palestinian people. They are also a result of political stagnation and decreasing international attention". Furthermore, Shoukry said one should not be deluded into thinking that security, stability, and coexistence in the Middle East can be achieved without ending one of the longest-lasting occupations in modern history, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. He also accentuated the suffering of the people in Gaza who "suffer appalling tragedies, having to endure bombardment, blockade, and hunger, all of which contradict international humanitarian law.” “With no electricity, food, or clean water, Gaza's residents are being forced to leave their homes. Some do so out of fear for their lives, and they often face bombings in their new locations," Shoukry stressed. "Egypt will continue its communications with regional and international parties and with both sides of the conflict to end the ongoing escalation', he affirmed.


Foreign Minister receives the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the Commissioner-General of UNRWA. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, and the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, in the framework of following the developments and repercussions of the military escalation between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, and the military operations against the Gaza Strip and their grave humanitarian repercussions.

Minister Shoukry’s discussions with the two UN officials focused on exchanging views and assessments regarding means to alleviate the burden of the human suffering endured by the Palestinian people under the violent Israeli bombing, as views converged on the necessity of sparing civilians, on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides, the dangers of the ongoing military escalation, whether inside or in the surroundings of the Gaza Strip.


12/10/2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak. The phone call focused on the military escalation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings. The two sides agreed on the importance of continuing and intensifying efforts aimed at reducing tension, protecting civilians on both sides, and preventing the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situations. President El-Sisi emphasized that Egypt is continuing its efforts to push toward adopting the path of calm and exercising utmost levels of self-restraint so as to prevent sliding into a bloody path that innocent civilians will pay the price of, warning that its repercussions will extend to the entire region. President El-Sisi confirmed the need to ensure the regularity of humanitarian and relief services as well as aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The President reiterated the importance of pushing towards addressing the root causes of the crisis, and of working toward finding the appropriate political prospects to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with approved international references.

Minister Shoukry receives a phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yōko Kamikawa. The discussions between the two Foreign Ministers dealt extensively with the latest developments of the escalation in the Gaza Strip and other areas, whereby Minister Shoukry affirmed the necessity of halting the violent Israeli bombing against Gaza and refraining from continuing the escalation between the two sides, being the priority at the present time, while warning of the increasing intensity of the humanitarian repercussions on the Palestinian people and civilians from both sides, as well as the consequences of expanding the scope of conflict on the region’s stability. The two Ministers also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the people of the Gaza Strip, as Minister Shoukry stressed the necessity of intensifying and coordinating international humanitarian efforts to support the provision of safe and urgent access for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in order to alleviate the humanitarian suffering endured by the people of the Strip, in fulfillment of the responsibilities of states under international humanitarian law, and in accordance with the human values and principles recognized by all states. Minister Shoukry asserted that one of the reasons for the current crisis situation was the blocked political horizon towards finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, which requires all international parties to take into account during the coming period the necessity of supporting the achievement of the comprehensive peace which is based on the two-state solution, and entails preserving the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. The two Ministers also agreed to continue consultations over the coming days to support de-escalation efforts.

Minister Shoukry holds talks with Eritrean FM, presidential adviser. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had talks with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser for political affairs Yemane Gebreab on means of promoting bilateral ties as well as the progress realized so far in Egyptian-Eritrean projects. The Eritrean officials underlined the importance of furthering bilateral ties in various domains. The talks also tackled the situation in Sudan in light of ongoing confrontations and their impact on Sudan and its regional neighbors. The conferees underlined the key role of Sudan's neighbors in addressing the crisis and drawing up successful solutions ensuring Sudan's stability and security. Meanwhile, Shoukry reviewed Egypt assessment of the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip and the dangerous escalation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. He posted the Eritrean officials on Egypt's efforts at all levels to halt this escalation, put an end to the continued Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip and open vistas for a new truce.

13/10/2023

Minister Shoukry discusses Palestinian-Israeli escalation with British foreign secretary. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. During the phone conversation, the two sides discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the escalation of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The phone call focused on the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip, including its call for the Palestinian citizens to leave their homes and move to the south. Shoukry underlined the need of immediate halt to the current Israeli assaults against the Palestinian people, voicing Egypt's deep concern over the deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. He further reaffirmed the necessity of providing safe corridors and urgent humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Shoukry also warned of inflicting collective punishment against Gaza residents, urging the protection of innocent civilians on all sides, in line with shared human values, international law, and international humanitarian law.

Egypt warns against calls addressed from the Israeli army to residents of the Gaza Strip to leave their homes and head south. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Arab Republic of Egypt warned against the Israeli army’s call for residents of the Gaza Strip, and representatives of the United Nations and international organizations in the Strip, to leave their homes within 24 hours and head south. Egypt stressed that this measure constitutes a grave violation of the rules of international humanitarian law, and will expose the lives of more than a million Palestinian citizens and their families to the dangers of remaining in the bare outdoors, with no shelter, facing grave and harsh humanitarian and security conditions, in addition to the amassment of hundreds of thousands people in areas not qualified to accommodate them. Egypt called on the Israeli government to refrain from taking such escalatory steps, as they entail grave consequences on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. In light of the United Nations Security Council briefing scheduled on Friday regarding such grave development, Egypt called on the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility to halt this measure. The Arab Republic of Egypt called on the United Nations and international actors to intervene in order to prevent further escalation with un-calculated consequences in the Gaza Strip.

14 / 10 / 2023

Shoukry received German FM Annalena Baerbock, The talks tackled the deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions in the Gaza Strip and the dangerous Israeli escalation.

Both sides underlined the importance of halting such escalation and returning to the political track based on the two-state solution.

President El-Sisi Speaks with France’s President Macron, as part of the ongoing consultations between the two leaders on developments in the military escalation in the Gaza Strip. The two Presidents agreed on the gravity of the current situation, given the increasing severity of the humanitarian repercussions on civilians.

President El-Sisi and French President Macron reviewed ongoing diplomatic efforts, at the level of the path of calm, de-escalation of the conflict, and at the humanitarian level, in which Egypt is deploying intensive efforts to coordinate and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian, medical and relief aid to the people of the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi Speaks with the President of Brazil, The call focused on the various dimensions of the security situation and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. They also discussed developments in the ongoing military escalation, in light of Brazil’s current presidency of the UN Security Council.

The two Presidents agreed on the importance of strengthening coordination of regional and international efforts to stop the escalation. President El-Sisi reviewed the outcome of Egypt’s contact with all parties to advance efforts toward calm and toward providing a safe and urgent access to humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. The President underscored the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities in this regard.

President El-Sisi Meets Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan, The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Major General Abbas Kamel.

The meeting discussed the overall progress in cooperation between the two countries. Both sides expressed appreciation for the positive developments of the Egyptian-Turkish relations, which take place within a framework of mutual respect and common interest. This is while emphasizing the importance of continuing to advance the course of bilateral relations and the transition to a new phase in the coming period. This is in addition to continuing mutual steps and building on tangible progress to activate various bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

Views were exchanged regarding the accelerating military escalation in the Gaza Strip. Both sides agreed on the gravity of the current situation, posing a threat to the stability and security of the region. This requires intensifying international efforts to work to immediately stop violence and restore calm, and to take immediate and effective measures to protect civilians and prevent exposing them to the risks of killing, displacement and destruction.

Both sides expressed deep concern as a result of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and emphasised the need to provide safe and urgent access to humanitarian aid to the people in the Gaza Strip, and to not expose them to policies of collective punishment such as siege, starvation or displacement. The Turkish foreign minister expressed appreciation for Egypt’s role with regard to coordinating and facilitating the arrival of humanitarian and relief aid from all concerned countries and international organizations to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The President stressed the utmost importance of coordinated international efforts to end the plight of the worsening humanitarian suffering experienced by the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The two sides stressed the importance of pushing towards a fundamental and permanent solution to the current crisis by working on a just and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue. This requires all parties to support the achievement of just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution in accordance with the terms of reference of international legitimacy, in a manner that preserves the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and achieves security for all the region's peoples.


15 / 10 / 2023

President El-Sisi Chairs a Meeting of the National Security Council, , October 15, 2023. The meeting reviewed developments in the regional situation, notably with regard to the military escalation in the Gaza Strip, The meeting issued the following resolutions:

To continue contacts with international and regional partners in order to reduce the escalation and stop targeting civilians.

To intensify contacts with international and regional relief organizations in order to deliver the necessary assistance.

To reiterate that there is no solution to the Palestinian cause except through the two-state solution, while rejecting and deploring the policy of displacement or attempts to liquidate the Palestinian issue at the expense of neighboring countries.

To underscore Egypt's readiness to exert any effort to achieve calm and launch and resume a genuine peace process.

To affirm that Egypt's national security is a red line and that there is no compromise in its protection.

Egypt extends an invitation to host an international regional summit to address the developments and future of the Palestinian issue.





President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, The call focused on developments in the current military escalation in the Gaza Strip. There was an agreement on the need to strengthen regional and international efforts to reduce the escalation as a priority to avoid a broader expansion that will further complicate the situation. 

The President reviewed the outcome of Egypt’s contacts with the various relevant parties in order to bolster efforts toward calm and provide safe and urgent access for humanitarian relief to the people in the Gaza Strip. This is in addition to pushing forward the path of reviving the peace process and a just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian cause based on the two-state solution.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of Norway Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, they discussed the ongoing military escalation in the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi mentioned Egypt’s efforts and communications with various parties to contain the situation and prevent its escalation, in light of the growing threat to regional security and stability.

Moreover, both sides also stressed the importance of working diligently to end the escalation, protect civilians, prevent them from being targeted, as well as ensure the arrival of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. They also stressed the need to promote efforts for a just and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian cause, in accordance with approved references and resolutions of international legitimacy.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, During the meeting, the two sides underscored commitment to strengthening and deepening the longstanding strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States of America, confirming that it represents a cornerstone for maintaining security and stability in the Middle East region. President El-Sisi and U.S. Secretary of State Blinken also discussed developments in the region and the military escalation in the Gaza Strip.







Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Hussein al-Sheikh, The official displayed the assessment of field and security conditions in Gaza Strip and its surroundings, especially those pertaining to the humanitarian circumstances of Palestinians who are subject to constant airstrikes, siege, evacuation calls and homelessness.

Minister Shoukry asserted that Egypt would continue to deploy efforts to halt the ongoing escalation, and save the lives of innocent civilians. He added that Egypt was consulting with regional and international parties to immediately deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza residents.

The minister underlined Egypt's rejection to the termination of the Palestinian Cause by pursuing a displacement policy, and that the only solution is establishing a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967 having as capital Eastern Jerusalem.





Egypt’s Ambassador in Rome Bassam Radi has met with World Food Programme’s Executive Director Cindy McCain to discuss plans for sending humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip via Rafah International Airport when agreement is reached on allowing access of aid to the enclave.

Cindy expressed her deep appreciation for the pivotal role of Egypt in supporting the WFP’s programmes especially in emergency of areas surrounding Egypt such as Libya, Sudan and recently the Gaza Strip.

Radi, for his part, asserted that Egypt has always been shouldering its responsibilities and supporting the peoples who face humanitarian calamities, in addition to its backing to the role UN agencies in extending relief aid to afflicted people in any crises such as Palestinians and the Gaza Strip over more than 75 years of their humanitarian suffering.

He called for garnering up efforts of all the international community to achieve all the humanitarian and political objectives.

The WFP is considered the biggest humanitarian agency in the world and it is based in Rome.

16 -10-2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shourky.

Both sides affirmed the importance of the strategic nature of the distinguished relations between the two countries across the economic, development and cultural fields, in addition to intensive coordination and consultation between the two sides, regarding various political and security files of common interest. This was reflected during the past days in terms of extensive calls between President El-Sisi and French President Emmanuel Macron, with the aim of supporting and safeguarding security and stability in the Middle East, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa.

Views were exchanged on the latest regional developments, especially the military escalation in the Gaza Strip. The French minister of foreign affairs presented France’s view in this regard, while praising Egypt’s key role in dealing with this vital regional issue, with wisdom and responsibility, from various political and humanitarian aspects. Views were aligned on the gravity of the current situation and its threat to the region’s security and stability, as well as the need to prevent the expansion of the conflict, to protect civilians and prevent targeting them and to respect international humanitarian law.

President El-Sisi highlighted the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip and the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities by providing an urgent humanitarian and relief aid to the people of the Strip and alleviating their suffering. The President stressed the need for de-escalation, as well as the rejection to expose civilians to policies of collective punishment, such as siege, starvation or displacement.

The two sides also agreed on the importance of diligent international work towards settling the Palestinian issue by reaching a just and comprehensive solution, based on the two-state solution in accordance with the terms of reference of international legitimacy, so as to realize security and stability for all the peoples of the region. 





President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The two Presidents discussed developments in the regional situation and the latest in the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi and President Putin reviewed diplomatic efforts underway to contain the situation and prevent the expansion of the violence and conflict, which jeopardizes security and stability in the region.

The two Presidents agreed on the importance of giving priority to the path of promoting calm and restoring security and stability. They reiterated the need to prioritize the protection of civilians and the prevention of targeting them, noting the gravity of the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi and President Putin also underscored the urgency to provide safe access to the humanitarian relief and assistance. The were also aligned with regard to the importance of working, in earnest, toward addressing the causes of the crisis, particularly the continued absence of political prospects to settle the Palestinian cause in a just and lasting manner and to establish a Palestinian State in accordance with the terms of reference of international legitimacy that were agreed-upon.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki, stressed  the need to secure the safe delivery of urgent humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, The call tackled the current regional situation and the military operations in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi and Italy’s Prime Minister Meloni agreed on the need to strengthen regional and international efforts to prevent the expansion of the escalation and a further complication of the security and humanitarian situations.

President El-Sisi also reviewed the outcome of Egypt’s contacts at the regional and international levels, in order to advance efforts toward calm and provide a safe and urgent access to humanitarian aid and relief to the people in the Gaza Strip. The President reiterated Egypt’s position of rejecting the policies of collective punishment, siege and displacement, emphasizing the necessity for the voice of reason and wisdom to prevail and for reviving the track of the peace process.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, The phone call focused on the current situation in the region and the latest developments in the military escalation in the Gaza Strip. The President and the Canadian Prime Minister also discussed Egypt’s efforts on both the political track to contain the crisis, prevent its expansion and defuse the violence, as well as the humanitarian track to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and relief to the people in the Gaza Strip, in light of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Strip.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the United States of America, Joe Biden. The call came within the framework of following-up on the outcome of the last visit to Cairo by U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and as part of the ongoing consultations between the two countries on the latest developments in the tense regional situation and the military escalation in the Gaza Strip.

The two Presidents concurred about the gravity of the current situation and the necessity to contain it in a way that would not allow the expansion of the cycle of the conflict and threatening regional security and stability.

President El-Sisi and American President Biden also agreed on the priority of protecting civilians and delivering humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. They also discussed the ongoing consultations in this regard with the United Nations, as well as efforts exerted to advance and revive the peace track. President El-Sisi and President Biden agreed to continue consultations and coordination of efforts in the coming period.

17-10-2023

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides, as part of the ongoing consultations between the two Presidents on the current developments in the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi and the Cypriot President agreed on the gravity of the situation, given the severity of the humanitarian repercussions on civilians as well as the ramifications of expanding the cycle of the conflict on stability in the region. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s unyielding efforts on the path to de-escalation and with regard to providing and delivering humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip.

Egypt condemned “in the strongest terms” the Israeli air strike on the Baptist Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza, which has left at least 600 dead, according to a statement by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

Egypt characterized the deliberate shelling of civilian facilities and targets as a grave violation of international law, humanitarian principles, and most basic human values.

Cairo called on Tel Aviv to immediately cease its policies of collective punishment against the residents of the Gaza Strip.

It also urged “the international community, especially major influential nations, to promptly intervene to halt these violations and unequivocally condemn them,” added the statement.

Egypt also called on Israel to refrain from targeting the surrounding areas of the Rafah border crossing to enable Egypt and other countries, international organizations, and humanitarian groups to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip as quickly as possible.

President El- Sisi: I followed with deep sorrow the Israeli bombing of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital this evening in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of innocent Palestinian citizens in Gaza.

I condemn in the strongest terms this deliberate bombing, which is considered a flagrant violation of international law and the provisions of international legitimacy and humanity.

I reiterate the position of Egypt, both the state and people that rejects the continuation of these practices against civilians, demanding their immediate cessation.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Pedro Sánchez, the Prime Minister of Spain, which is holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The call focused on the developments in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi and the Spanish Prime Minister expressed deep concern with regard to the ongoing escalation of violence and the gravely deteriorating security and humanitarian situations in the Strip. They emphasized the need to coordinate international efforts to urge the parties to adopt the path of de-escalation so as to prevent the loss of more innocent civilian lives and prevent the security repercussions of the conflict from expanding to the entire region.

President El-sisi reiterated the need for concerted efforts by the international community to ensure the delivery of humanitarian services and aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and to strengthen efforts toward addressing the root-causes of the escalation, by achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause.


President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the call focused on  developments pertinent to the military escalation in the Gaza Strip. The two sides stressed the importance of taking into consideration the serious humanitarian consequences of armed confrontations on civilian lives, as well as their impact on security and political repercussions on the entire region. The President also stressed that Egypt continues its efforts to coordinate regional and international efforts to urge the parties to adopt the path of calm and to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, in order to spare the Palestinian people further human suffering.



18/10/2023

President El-Sisi’s Speech at the Press Conference with German Chancellor Scholz

Allow me at the beginning to express my deep sorrow and pain and offer my sincere condolences to the victims of the brutal bombing of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital. I affirm Egypt’s condemnation of all military actions that target civilians in flagrant violation of all international laws. I stress the rejection of all deliberate practices against civilians and I call on the international community to intervene immediately to stop them.

At the outset, I would like to welcome you in Egypt, at an extremely delicate and precarious moment, in light of the grave military escalation in the Gaza Strip and regional challenges associated with this escalation.

Your visit to Egypt demonstrates the profound strategic relations between our countries, and their commitment to exploring ways to further strengthen bilateral relations across various areas. This visit allows for continued coordination and consultation, in order to attain our joint goals and objectives, primarily achieving security and stability in the Middle East, which also reflects on the security of Europe.

Today, our discussions with His Excellency, Federal Chancellor Scholz, covered, in detail, the military confrontations between the Palestinians and Israelis and the military escalation in the Gaza Strip that have claimed the lives of thousands of civilians from both sides. They also warn of formidable risks for civilians and the peoples of the region, as the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is exacerbating in a regrettable and unprecedented manner.

The continuation of the current military operations will result in security and humanitarian repercussions that could spiral out of control, and even threatens to expand the conflict in the absence of concerted efforts by all regional and international parties to reach an immediate cessation to the current escalation.

In the meeting with His Excellency the Federal Chancellor, we reviewed Egypt’s efforts to contain the crisis through our intensive contacts with the two parties to the conflict and all regional and international actors, over the past days. We shared the same view with regard to the necessity to return to the path of calm and to open new prospects for a settlement, in order to avert the region from sliding into a vicious cycle of violence, and exposing the lives of civilians to further danger.

I have also confirmed the need to address the Palestinian cause from a comprehensive and thorough approach that ensures the rights of the Palestinians and the establishment of their independent state along the June, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

I shared with His Excellency the Federal Chancellor the same view with regard to the importance of acting intensively to resume the peace process, after containing the current escalation and finding prospects for settling the Palestinian issue.

I voiced to the Federal Chancellor Egypt’s deep concern regarding the gravity of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and underscored the imperative need to allow the access of humanitarian aid and relief to the sector and to facilitate the work of UN and relevant humanitarian organizations. 

In our meeting, I also reiterated that Egypt will continue to receive humanitarian assistance and is committed to delivering it to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah land crossing when conditions allow this, taking into consideration the fact that Egypt did not close the Rafah crossing since the outbreak of the crisis. However, the developments on the ground and the repeated Israeli strikes on the Palestinian side of the crossing obstructed its operation.

I have also emphasized Egypt’s rejection of the liquidation of the Palestinian issue through military instruments, or any attempts to forcibly displace the Palestinians from their land, or for this to happen at the expense of countries in the region. I affirmed, in this regard, that Egypt is adamant in its unequivocal position in support of the legitimate Palestinian right to its land and in support of the struggle of the Palestinian people.

I also deliberated with His Excellency Federal Chancellor Scholz on the summit that Egypt has called for to discuss the developments and future of the Palestinian issue and the peace process. We confirmed the need for the summit to yield outcomes that contribute to halting the ongoing escalation to save the lives of civilians, address the exacerbating humanitarian situation, and give a strong momentum to the path of peace.

Finally, I welcome you once again, Your Excellency Chancellor Scholz, in Egypt and express hope that the visit is a major step in our efforts to end the current crisis and achieve peaceful coexistence among the peoples.

President El-Sisi Declares Three Days of National Mourning in Egypt over Victims of Hospital Bombing

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Republic, decided to declare three days of national mourning in the Arab Republic of Egypt, for the innocent victims of the criminal bombing of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip, and for all martyrs of the brotherly Palestinian people.

President El-Sisi Speaks with President of the Republic of South Africa Ramaphosa

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa,

The two Presidents exchanged views on the current regional situation and the Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi and the South African President concurred on the gravity of the current situation and the threat it poses to regional stability, which necessitates reducing tension and defusing the violence, while providing immediate protection to civilians and rejecting mass siege and displacement. They underscored the urgent need to provide immediate and safe access for humanitarian assistance and relief to the people in the Gaza Strip, given the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, which are now on the verge of a catastrophe. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s relentless efforts in this regard.

President El-Sisi also reviewed Egypt’s efforts to mobilize the international community toward consensus on pushing forward the peace track, based on the two-state solution and in accordance with the relevant terms of reference of international legitimacy.

Foreign Minister receives the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, to explore means to address and alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Minister Shoukry and the UN official discussed the efforts aimed at alleviating the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, whereby Minister Shoukry stressed the necessity of delivering humanitarian aid to the Strip as soon as possible, emphasizing that the provision of relief materials is an indispensable necessity in view of the ongoing unfortunate circumstances. Shoukry also indicated that Egypt is continuing its efforts and coordinating with donor parties, international organizations and UN relief agencies, so that everyone gets prepared and be ready, and that there is an action plan ready to start delivering aid into the Gaza Strip once the Israeli side removes the obstacles to the Crossing’s operation. Minister Shoukry was keen to listen to the assessment of the UN official on the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the repercussions of the cut off of basic services, such as electricity and water, and a severe shortage of medical equipment, on the vanishing of the minimum living conditions for the people of the Strip, as the UN Under-Secretary-General reviewed all the overall obstacles and his vision of ways to address them.

19/10/2023

President El-Sisi and U.S. President Biden Agree on the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid into Gaza

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, focusing on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

The two Presidents agreed on the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing in a sustainable manner, with the relevant authorities in the two countries coordinating with international humanitarian organizations under the supervision of the United Nations to secure the arrival of aid.

President Biden expressed gratitude and appreciation for the Egyptian leadership’s efforts towards achieving peace and stability in the region.

President El-Sisi Meets Commander of US Central Command

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with General Michael Kurilla, Commander, U.S. Central Command. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Zaki.

The Spokesman for the Presidency said both sides stressed keenness to strengthen the strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States and to intensify the ongoing cooperation and coordination in various fields, especially military and security, in light of their importance to support efforts to restore security and stability and consolidate peace in the Middle East.

The meeting reviewed a number of issues of common interest, particularly the developments in the Gaza Strip.

The President outlined Egypt’s efforts for de-escalation, stressing the importance of the international community' concerted efforts to contain the crisis and stop its escalation in dangerous directions, and shifting to the approach of reviving the peace path based on the solution of two states that live side by side in peace and security, taking into account the danger of the security consequences of this conflict from extending to the entire region. 

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip was also discussed. President El-Sisi stressed the importance of continuing to deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in the Strip in a sustainable manner, as a top priority, in light of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Strip.

President El-Sisi Meets Jordan’s King His Majesty King Abdullah II

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein at Cairo International Airport.

The two leaders held a session of talks, during which President El-Sisi welcomed his brother His Majesty King Abdullah II in his second homeland Egypt. President El-Sisi and Jordan’s King expressed satisfaction at the progress in the close bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. During their talks, they reviewed ways to foster closer cooperation in various fields, in order to realize the aspirations of the Egyptian and Jordanian peoples. The two leaders also emphasized commitment to continuing the ongoing consultations and coordination at the highest political levels in the two countries.

The meeting also focused on the current military escalation in the Gaza Strip and the subsequent deterioration in the security situation and humanitarian conditions of the brotherly Palestinian people in Gaza and the deaths and injury of thousands. President El-Sisi and His Majesty King Abdullah II, once again, condemned in the strongest terms the bombing of Al-Ahly Baptist Hospital and all acts targeting civilians. They underscored the imperative need to continue the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing in a sustainable manner, while affirming the rejection of the policies of collective punishment, including the siege, starvation, and displacement of the Palestinians from their land to Egypt or Jordan. The two leaders warned of the formidable danger of these calls and policies on regional security.

The meeting also tackled Egypt and Jordan’s vigorous efforts to push for calm and de-escalation. President El-Sisi and His Majesty King Abdullah II reiterated the two countries’ unwavering and steadfast positions that achieving real and sustainable stability in the region is based on the Palestinian people obtaining their legitimate rights for an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy, in a manner that would realize peace, security and prosperity for all peoples of the region.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with the UK Foreign Secretary in Cairo

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received today, October 19 2023, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, as part of a regional tour held by the UK Foreign Secretary to consult with his counterparts on developments of the military escalation in Gaza and de-escalation attempts, and coordinate on means of addressing the dire humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip.

The two officials extensively and openly exchanged views and assessments regarding the current crisis, and explored ways and chances to overcome it, as Minister Shoukry stressed the necessity of putting forward coordinated global efforts to urge the parties to uphold the path of immediate de-escalation, emphasizing the importance of refraining from targeting civilians as per the provisions of international and humanitarian law, as well as avoiding the risks of extending the spiral of violence and expanding the scope of conflict to other areas in the region, in preservation of regional and international peace and security.

The discussions focused on the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, whereby the views of both officials converged on the importance and priority of delivering humanitarian and relief aid to the people of Gaza in view of the current crisis, and that it should be delivered in a sustainable and safe manner.

In this context, Minister Shoukry warned of the repercussions of the continuation of Israeli military operations on exacerbating the humanitarian situation, as well as the devastating consequences of the policy of collective punishment, including siege or forced displacement, stressing that it is incumbent upon the international community to assume its responsibility in providing the necessary protection for civilians.

20/10/2023

President El-Sisi Speaks with Turkish President

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two presidents followed up on coordination efforts regarding developments in the Gaza Strip. They reviewed the ongoing efforts to mobilize the international community towards a unified position to advance calm and de-escalation. The Turkish president expressed his appreciation for Egypt's role in coordinating humanitarian efforts and promoting the path of peace. The two presidents stressed the rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from their lands, as well as the necessity of sustaining the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip in a sustainable manner, while emphasizing the importance of the solidarity of the international community to permanently end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, based on the two-state solution in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy.

President El-Sisi Speaks with French President Macron

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

The two Presidents discussed the latest developments in the current military escalation in the Gaza Strip and efforts toward containing the situation.

President Macron lauded Egypt’s efforts in this regard, notably its leading role in coordinating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Strip. President El-Sisi and President Macron reiterated the imperative necessity to ensure the flow of aid and relief so as to limit the deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in Gaza. They concurred about the gravity of the current situation, given the un-calculated repercussions of an expansion of the cycle of conflict on stability in the region.

President El-Sisi Meets UK Prime Minister Sunak

President Abdel Farrah El-Sisi received UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, at Al-Ittihadeyya Palace.

21/10/2023

President El-Sisi Participates in Cairo Peace Summit

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi participated in the Cairo Peace Summit, hosted by Egypt in the New Administrative Capital.

President El-Sisi's Speech at the Cairo Summit for Peace

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful”

Your Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies

The Kings, Princes, Heads of State and Government

Honorable Attendees

We are meeting in Cairo today at a challenging time that tests our humanity before our interests and the depth of our faith in the value of the human being and in his right to life. The principles we profess to support are also called into question and scrutinized in these difficult times.

I tell you honestly, that all the peoples of the world, not only the peoples of this region, are following with eyes wide open our stances at this momentous and historical moment, in the wake of the military escalation which began on the seventh of October in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Egypt condemns, in the clearest terms, the targeting, killing and intimidation of peaceful civilians. At the same time, Egypt is expressing its deep shock that the world is standing by idly, while the catastrophic humanitarian crisis unfolds. Two and a half million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are being subjected to collective punishment. They are living under siege and facing starvation and ferocious pressure of forced displacement, through practices condemned by the civilized world that has adopted conventions and established the international law and international humanitarian law to criminalize and prohibit their recurrence. This compels us to restate our call to provide international protection for the Palestinian people and the innocent civilians.

Where are the values of human civilization that we have established over long millennia and centuries? Where is equality of human souls without discrimination or segregation or .. double standards?

From the very first moment, Egypt has engaged in unyielding, strenuous and vigorous efforts, day and night, to coordinate and deliver humanitarian aid and relief to the besieged Palestinians in Gaza. Egypt has not closed the Rafah land crossing at any moment. However, the repeated Israeli shelling of the Palestinian side obstructed its operation. Amidst the severity of the circumstances on the ground, I agreed with the American President to operate the crossing on a sustainable basis, under the supervision of and coordination with the United Nations, the UNRWA and the Palestinian Red Crescent. The aid and relief shall be distributed under the supervision of the United Nations to the people in the Gaza Strip.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The world must never condone the use of human suffering to force people into displacement. Egypt has affirmed, and is reiterating, its vehement rejection of the forced displacement of the Palestinians and their transfer to Egyptian lands in Sinai, as this will mark the last gasp in the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, shatter the dream of an independent Palestinian state, and squander the struggle of the Palestinian people and that of the Arab and Islamic peoples over the course of the Palestinian cause that has endured for 75 years.

He will be mistaken in his understanding of the nature of the Palestinian people, whoever thinks that these proud, steadfast and resilient people are willing to abandon their land, even if that land is under occupation or bombardment.

I want to state it clearly and unequivocally to the world, and articulate in sincere terms the will of all the Egyptian people, every single Egyptian: that the liquidation of the Palestinian cause without a just solution is beyond the realm of possibility, and in all cases, it will never happen at the expense of Egypt, absolutely not.

Again

I want to state it clearly and unequivocally to the world, and articulate in sincere terms the will of all the Egyptian people, every single Egyptian: that the liquidation of the Palestinian cause without a just solution is beyond the realm of possibility, and in all cases, it will never happen at the expense of Egypt, absolutely not.

Honorable Attendees,

Is this region destined to endure this conflict for eternity?

Isn’t it about time to address the root causes of the problem of the Middle East.

Hasn’t the time come yet to dispel the political illusions that the status quo can sustain, meaning the state of unilateral measures, settlements, the desecration of holy sites, and uprooting of the Palestinians from their homes and villages and from Al Quds Al Sharif (The Holy City of Jerusalem).

Egypt has paid a heavy price for peace to prevail in this region; it initiated it when the voice of war predominated, and maintained it alone when the voice of void overstatements was prevalent. Egypt stood tall, leading its region toward peaceful co-existence based on justice.

Today, Egypt is telling you in all candor and sincerity: that the solution for the Palestinian cause is not displacement, and is not by forcibly transferring the entire people to other regions; the one and only solution is justice, with the Palestinians obtaining their legitimate rights for self-determination, and leading a proud and safe life in an independent state on their land like the rest of the peoples of the earth 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are encountering an unprecedented crisis, that necessitates utmost attention to prevent the conflict from expanding in a manner that compromises the stability of the region and undermines international peace and security.

Therefore, I have extended an invitation to you today to deliberate and work together toward reaching a specific agreement on a roadmap, that aims to end the current humanitarian tragedy and revive the path of peace through several spheres:

This starts with ensuring the full, safe, unfettered and sustainable flow of humanitarian aid and relief to the people of Gaza, followed instantaneously by negotiations on achieving calm and a ceasefire. Then talks on reviving the peace process shall start immediately to put into effect the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, living side by side with Israel, on the basis of the resolutions of international legitimacy. This shall take place while working, in earnest, to bolster the legitimate Palestinian National Authority to assume its duties, in full capacity, in the Palestinian territories.

Honorable Attendees

Let us send a message to the peoples of the world. Let us tell them that their leaders acknowledge the magnitude of the responsibility, that they see with their own eyes the fully-fledged humanitarian catastrophe, and that they feel, from the bottom of their hearts, the pain for every innocent child who dies in a conflict that he does not comprehend .. death strikes them in a shelling or bombardment, or approaches them slowly in a wound that finds no medicine ..  or they starve to death.

Let us send a message of hope to the peoples of the world that tomorrow will be better than today.

Thank you

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you

Press Release issued by the Presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt The Cairo Peace Summit

At the invitation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, leaders, heads of government, and envoys of a number of regional and international countries met in Cairo on Saturday, October 21, 2023, to consult and explore ways to advance efforts toward containing the aggravating crisis in the Gaza Strip and toward military de-escalation between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. Escalation has claimed thousands of innocent civilian lives since the outbreak of armed confrontations on October 7.

 By calling for this summit, the Arab Republic of Egypt sought to build international consensus that transcends cultures, races, religions, and political stances, the core of which is the values of humanity and its collective conscience that rejects violence, terrorism, and unlawful killing of souls, that calls for an end to the ongoing war that has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides, that demands upholding the rules of international law and international humanitarian law, that underscores the ultimate importance of protecting civilians and of not exposing them to dangers and threats and that gives special priority to providing access, ensuring the flow of humanitarian and relief aid, and delivering it to the right beneficiaries from the people of the Gaza Strip. This consensus also warns of the dangers of the current conflict spreading to other areas of the region.

Egypt looked forward for the participants to launch a global call for peace, in which they agree on the importance of re-assessing the international strategy for addressing the Palestinian issue over the past decades so as to emerge from the current crisis with a new political spirit and will that pave the way for unlocking a real and serious peace process. This shall lead, in a short period of time, to the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, along the June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The international scene over the past decades has revealed a serious deficiency in finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, because it sought to manage the conflict, and not end it permanently. It confined itself to offering temporary solutions and analgesics that do not live up to the minimum aspirations of a people who have suffered for more than 80 years of foreign occupation, attempts to obliterate identity and loss of hope. The ongoing war has also disclosed a shortcoming in the values of the international community in addressing crises. While we see one place rushing and competing to promptly condemn the killing of innocent people, we find incomprehensible hesitation in denouncing the same act in another place. We even see attempts to justify this killing, as if the life of the Palestinian human being is less important than that of other people.

The lives lost every day during the current crisis and the women and children trembling in terror under the air strikes around the clock compel the international community's response to be commensurate with the gravity of the event. The right of the Palestinian person is not excluded from others whom the rules of international humanitarian law include or from international conventions that address human rights. The Palestinian people must enjoy all the rights enjoyed by other peoples, starting with the utmost right, which is the right to life, and their right to find safe housing, decent health care, and education for their children and above all they must have a state that embodies their identity and to which they are proud to belong.

The Arab Republic of Egypt, which took the initiative to call for the Peace Summit, expresses its deep appreciation to the countries and organizations that responded to the invitation despite time constraints.

On this occasion, it confirms that it will spare no effort in continuing to work with all partners in order to achieve the goals that called for holding this summit, regardless of the difficulties or the duration of the conflict. Egypt will always maintain its firm position in support of Palestinian rights, believing in peace as a strategic and irreversible option until the vision of a two-state solution, Palestinian and Israeli, living side by side is realized.

Within the framework of Egypt’s efforts to achieve these noble goals, it will never accept calls to liquidate the Palestinian cause at the expense of any country in the region. It will not relent for a moment in safeguarding its sovereignty and national security under increasingly dangerous and threatening circumstances and situations, relying on the help of Allah Almighty and the will and determination of its people.

22/10/2023

President El-Sisi Speaks with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.

The President and the Dutch Prime Minister discussed developments of the military operations in the Gaza Strip and agreed on the need to avoid an expansion of the conflict, which will pose a serious threat to the security and stability of the Middle East.

The phone call also focused on the humanitarian consequences on civilians and the need to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid in a sustainable manner into the Gaza Strip. The Dutch Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for Egypt's intense efforts in this regard, which culminated in the organization of the Cairo Summit for Peace and the start of the delivery of aid into the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi affirmed that Egypt will continue its regional and international efforts to adopt the path of calm and put an end to the military escalation, which threatens of very dangerous repercussions on the region. The President emphasized the importance of the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza in a regular and prompt manner so as to mitigate the impact of the exacerbating humanitarian suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

23/10/2023

President El-Sisi Meets Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, at Al-Ittihadeyya Palace.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmad Fahmy said President El-Sisi and the Malaysian Prime Minister lauded the outstanding bilateral relations between the two countries. They confirmed that they look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation across various areas, notably at the economic and trade levels as well as joint investments. This includes in particular the fields of industry and Information and Communication Technology as well as infrastructure and food security. The two sides agreed to give a strong momentum to different frameworks of joint cooperation in the coming period.

During their meeting, President El-Sisi and Malaysia’s Prime Minister exchanged views with regard to the most prominent regional and international issues of mutual concern, including combating terrorism. Prime Minister Ibrahim valued the efforts exerted in this regard by Egypt, which, he confirmed, is the beacon of the Islamic world, notably through the role of Al Azhar Al Sharif institution.

President El-Sisi and Malaysian Prime Minister Ibrahim also focused on the developments in the region, particularly the ongoing military escalation in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi reviewed the outcomes that emerged from the discussions at the Cairo Summit for Peace. Egypt and Malaysia agreed on the need to coordinate efforts to end the escalation and achieve calm, as well as provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.

The two sides also stressed the need to continue to provide safe and urgent access to humanitarian assistance to the people of the Strip. The Malaysian Prime Minister lauded Egypt’s intensive efforts in this regard. The two leaders also expressed concern regarding the possible expansion of the violence to the region, while reiterating categorical rejection of the liquidation of the Palestinian issue through the idea of forced displacement of the people of Gaza. They confirmed that the only way out of the current crisis is for the international community to exert concerted efforts to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, based on the two-state solution and in accordance with the terms of reference of international legitimacy, in a manner that preserves the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

President El-Sisi Meets US Delegation

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a delegation from the Democratic and Republican parties in the US Senate, headed by Senator Lindsey Graham. The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Major General Abbas Kamel.

The Spokesman for the Presidency said President El-Sisi stressed the importance that Egypt accords to being in constant contact with the leadership of the US Congress within the framework of coordination and consultation between the two countries regarding various issues, based on the strong decades-long strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States. The US delegation affirmed the high priority that the United States attaches to strategic relations with Egypt and valued the distinguished level of cooperation between the two countries, noting that Egypt is the main pillar of security and stability in the Middle East and the Arab world.

A number of international and regional issues were discussed in depth. The US delegation was keen to listen to the views and assessments of the President on those issues, especially with regard to the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. The US delegation presented its view in this regard and shared  the outcome of its visit to Israel. There was agreement on the gravity of the current situation, the necessity of working to prevent the expansion of the ongoing conflict, in addition to the necessity of protecting civilians, preventing their targeting, and providing humanitarian and relief aid to the Gaza Strip. This is in addition to the necessity of reviving the peace process in the region. The US delegation expressed appreciation for Egypt's role in maintaining peace and hosting the Cairo Peace Summit on October 21, also appreciation for its leading role in ensuring the arrival of urgent humanitarian services and aid to the Gaza Strip.

The President affirmed Egypt’s firm position that rejects targeting of all peaceful civilians, as well as rejecting policies of collective punishment and forced displacement of Palestinians from their lands. This is in addition to the need to stop the current escalation and intensify coordination among all active parties to push towards resolving the Palestinian issue through a just and comprehensive solution, which guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state in accordance with the relevant references of international legitimacy.

25/10/2023

President El-Sisi Holds Egyptian-French Summit at Ittihadia

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will hold later Wednesday a summit with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said.

During their meeting, the two leaders will discuss efforts to de-escalate the situation in Gaza after nearly three weeks of Israeli strikes against the strip in retaliation for an attack by Hamas on 7 October.

26/10/2023

President El-Sisi Speaks with Cypriot President

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides.

Spokesman for the Presidency Counselor Ahmed Fahmy said the call reviewed developments of the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip. There was consensus on the need to intensify international and regional efforts to stop the escalation as it is the current priority to prevent it from taking broader dimensions that increase the complexity of the situation.

The President also reviewed the results of the intensive contacts carried out by Egypt with various concerned parties in order to reach a ceasefire and provide safe and urgent access to humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, in light of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Strip, as well as advancing the process of reviving the peace process and realising a just and lasting settlement for the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution.

President El-Sisi Speaks with the Prime Minister of Denmark

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen.

The phone call focused on developments in the military escalation in the Gaza Strip. The two sides confirmed the gravity of the situation and the vital need to avert an expansion of the conflict, given the severe repercussions this will have on the region and the threat it will pose to security and stability. President El-Sisi and the Danish Prime Minister also agreed on the utmost importance of giving priority to improving the humanitarian conditions in the Strip.

President El-Sisi emphasized that the only way out of the current critical situation is to work toward reaching a just and comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian cause, based on the two-state solution. The President underscored the absolute necessity, for the time being, to stop all military actions targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Denmark’s Prime Minister expressed profound appreciation for Egypt’s unrelenting efforts in this regard at various levels, which culminated with hosting the Cairo Summit for Peace. President El-Sisi stressed that Egypt is continuing its endeavors to coordinate regional and international efforts to deliver urgent humanitarian aid and relief and ensure their access into the Gaza Strip in order to spare the Palestinian people further suffering.

27/10/2023

Egypt’s participation in the emergency UN General Assembly session

"Enough is enough," Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Osama Abdel Khalek, told an emergency UN General Assembly session, calling for an end to the suffering endured by Palestinian people in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli war.

Abdel Khalek reiterated the call for the protection of the Palestinian people and the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza strip, which has endured three weeks of Israeli blockage, with no access to food, water, power, fuel, and medicines.

The Egyptian representative said “the policies of blockade and starvation have no place in the 21st century,” adding that depriving the Palestinians in Gaza of humanitarian aid “is tantamount to a death sentence under the current circumstances.”

Ambassador Abdel Khalek said the situation in Gaza has become unbearable, spotlighting the targeting of civilians, terrorism, hospital bombings, child casualties, blockades, and forced displacement.

He also asserted the refusal of the forced displacement of the Palestinians in Gaza whether internally or externally.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its rejection of the displacement of Palestinians in response to calls to move them into Sinai even if temporarily, asserting such a step would liquidate the decade-old Palestinian cause.

Nearly 1.4 million Palestinians were internally displaced from North Gaza due to the Israeli shelling and warnings, according to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

Abdel Khalek asked for international protection for the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, slamming the disregard of previous calls made by the Palestinian authority in this regard.

“The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly called in vain an international protection for its people under the rule of occupation, especially after the frequent transgression of the militant settlers,” he said.

He also warned of the spillover of the current conflict if the UN fails to halt the war, saying a failure to halt the war in Gaza immediately could lead the region into a devastating regional conflict as well as the spread of terrorism.

Abdel Khalek stated Egypt will continue its efforts to reach a ceasefire and protect the civilians as well as allow meditation for releasing the captives and detainees.

He also criticized the absence of a political horizon to advance a peace process leading to a two-state solution, saying this “will be a huge and chronic mistake the future generations will hold us accountable for.”

28/10/2023

President El-Sisi Speaks with UN Secretary-General

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.

Spokesman for the Presidency Counselor Ahmed Fahmy said the call focused on the latest developments pertinent to the ongoing diplomatic efforts to stop the escalation in the Gaza Strip, including the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in this regard, which stipulates the implementation of an immediate humanitarian truce that preserves the lives of civilians and allows the entry of relief aid to the Gaza Strip immediately and sufficiently.

Views were also exchanged on cooperation efforts between Egypt and the international organization regarding the protection of civilians and the access of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, through the mechanism agreed upon under the supervision of the United Nations.

Mr. Guterres expressed appreciation for Egypt's key role in this regard, praising its firm commitment to working positively towards peace and stability. The President also expressed Egypt’s appreciation for the balanced positions of the Secretary-General, as well as the role of the United Nations at the political and humanitarian levels.

Egypt warns of the humanitarian and security repercussions of the Israeli ground attack against the Gaza Strip

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Arab Republic of Egypt warned of the grave dangers and unprecedented humanitarian and security repercussions that will result from the large-scale ground attack against the Gaza Strip.

Egypt held the Israeli government responsible for violating the United Nations General Assembly resolution issued on Friday evening, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and the implementation of a humanitarian truce that preserves the lives of civilians and allows humanitarian aid to access the Strip immediately and without interruption.

Egypt also expressed its deep concern over the grave potential repercussions of the ground military operation, and the expected ensuing increase in the number of victims and injured among children, women and unarmed civilians, in another flagrant violation of the provisions of international law and international humanitarian law, amidst a complete state of inability on behalf of the international community to put an end to such violations and halt the bloodshed in the Strip.

Egypt reiterated its demand for the Israeli side to facilitate procedures for safe, complete and sustainable access of humanitarian and relief aid to the Gaza Strip, warning that failure to immediately address the demands for a humanitarian truce and facilitating the access of aid to the Strip will inevitably lead to a human disaster and will destabilize regional security in a manner that endangers the stability of the region.

FM Shoukry received phone call from Saudi FM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Saudi Counterpart Prince Faisal Bin Farhan exchanged views on military operations expansion risks in Gaza, necessity to call for immediate humanitarian truce & civilians protection, sustaining unimpeded aid access, & avoiding conflict expansion.

FM Shoukry speaks with UK Foreign Secretary

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry underlined during a phone call with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly the importance of immediate halt of the Israeli military escalation in Gaza.

Shoukry stressed the importance of removing obstacles - for which Egypt is not responsible - to allow access of humanitarian aid and exit of foreigners.

29/10/2023

President El-Sisi Speaks with U.S. President Biden

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the two Presidents discussed the overall security situation in the Middle East, the latest developments in the military escalation in the Gaza Strip and the need to prevent the expansion of the circle of the conflict to the regional milieu.

In this regard, President El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s position with regard to the necessity to reach an immediate humanitarian truce, so as to enhance Egypt’s intensive efforts in cooperation with the United Nations and all international actors, primarily the United States, to deliver humanitarian, medical and relief aid to the people of the Gaza Strip. The two Presidents agreed on the vital importance of exerting intensive efforts to increase aid in a tangible, effective and sustainable manner, and in quantities that meet the humanitarian needs of the people of the Strip, who are subjected to enormous suffering.

President El-Sisi and U.S. President Biden tackled the various dimensions of the current conditions in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s firm position of rejecting the policies of collective punishment and displacement. The President reiterated that Egypt has not and will never allow the displacement of the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Egyptian territories. The American President also confirmed that the U.S. rejects the displacement of the Palestinians outside their lands. President Biden expressed profound appreciation for the positive role assumed by Egypt and the Egyptian leadership in this crisis.

The two Presidents reviewed the latest developments in the dossier of the detainees in the Gaza Strip. They also touched on prospects for joint cooperation to mobilize international efforts toward advancing the path of reviving the peace process, with the aim of implementing the two-state solution and establishing the Palestinian State in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy.

Foreign Minister receives the US Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian Issues

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, the US Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian Issues, Ambassador David Satterfield.

The meeting discussed extensively the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and the necessity of intensifying coordination mechanisms between all parties in order to ensure the immediate and sustainable access of humanitarian aid. Minister Shoukry emphasized the scale of the humanitarian disaster that the Gaza Strip is witnessing in view of the number of Palestinian casualties exceeding more than seven and a half thousand victims within three weeks; stressing the necessity of a serious and coordinated international action to implement an immediate humanitarian truce, and to stay away from exposing civilians to further scourges of this escalation under false pretexts in the name of the right of self-defense or countering terrorism.

The discussions also tackled Egyptian efforts in coordination with UN organizations and relief agencies to deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza through the Rafah crossing, whereby Minister Shoukry affirmed the importance of concerted international efforts at this stage to remove the obstacles imposed by the Israeli side, stressing that the current tragic situation in Gaza requires that influential regional and international parties take action to ensure safe, complete and sustainable access of relief aid for the people of the Gaza Strip.

In this context, Minister Shoukry indicated that delivering aid is one pillar of efforts aimed at addressing the dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza, and it must not be accompanied by an expansion of ground military operations by Israeli forces inside the Strip. Minister Shoukry warned of the grave repercussions that will result from this on both the humanitarian and security fronts, as well as its potential consequences on expanding the cycle of violence and endangering regional security and peace.

Minister Shoukry receives the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium in Cairo

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received on October 29 2023, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions of Belgium, Hadja Lahbib, who is visiting Egypt for consultation and coordination on means to address the military escalation in Gaza, and endeavors to coordinate international efforts aimed at containing the crisis.

The two ministers exchanged views and assessments regarding the overall field and humanitarian situation in Gaza, the urgent need to deliver humanitarian aid to the residents of the Strip, and the necessity of reaching a humanitarian truce that allows for the provision of protection for civilians and facilitating the access of relief and humanitarian aid in an urgent and sustainable manner.

The Foreign Minister was also keen to welcome Belgium's decision to support the Arab Resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, stressing that the decision taken by Belgium is the right decision as it means supporting peace, halting bloodshed, and protecting civilians. The two ministers also discussed the risks of the possibilities of expanding the scope of the conflict, and the need to spare no international and regional effort in order to prevent this scenario from occurrence.

Moreover, Minister Shoukry highlighted the serious risks of Israeli forces’ expansion of ground operations in Gaza, stressing the necessity of exerting coordinated international efforts and building on the consultations of leaders and government officials at the Cairo Peace Summit, in order to put an end to the ongoing war and provide the necessary protection for civilians, which the Belgian Foreign Minister agreed with, being an urgent priority to ensure the access of humanitarian aid to the Strip.

The consultations between the two ministers tackled extensively the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza, whereby Minister Shoukry warned of the dire humanitarian and security consequences of Israel’s escalatory policies against the Palestinian people in Gaza, especially the continued bombardment, siege, and forced displacement, in violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law, stressing Egypt’s categorical rejection of these practices, or any attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause at the expense of the countries of the region.

The two ministers agreed to continue close consultation over the coming days to push forward for internationally coordinated efforts to contain the crisis, prevent its expansion in the region, and work with all international partners in order to restore hope in reviving the peace process with a view to establishing an independent, effective and viable Palestinian state capable of achieving the aspirations of its people, alongside the State of Israel, in accordance with the vision of the two-state solution.

Foreign Minister discusses with his Jordanian and Saudi counterparts the latest developments of the military escalation in Gaza

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry conducted two phone calls with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs of Jordan, His Excellency Mr. Ayman al-Safadi, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan.

The two calls come as part of Arab efforts’ coordination to address the unprecedented military escalation in the Gaza Strip, and the continued attacks against Palestinian civilians, as well as means to implement an immediate humanitarian truce that preserves the lives of our Palestinian brothers and alleviates the burden of the worsening human suffering of the residents of the Strip.

Shoukry receives a phone call from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, in which they addressed the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, and endeavors to coordinate international efforts to deliver aid for the residents of the Strip.

The call focused on assessing the current humanitarian situation under the exacerbating disaster suffered by the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, whereby Minister Shoukry stressed the necessity for the international community and relevant UN agencies to play their crucial role in alleviating the burden of the human suffering endured by the Palestinians under collective punishment practices, namely, Israeli continuous bombardment, siege, and forced displacement, in violation of all provisions of international and humanitarian laws.

The call also tackled the Arab Resolution that was recently adopted at the United Nations General Assembly, which calls for the implementation of an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza, as well as the Egyptian efforts in coordination with UN organizations and relief agencies to deliver aid via the Rafah crossing to our Palestinian brothers.

In this regard, the two sides affirmed that it is imperative to ensure complete, sustainable and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid to Gaza, and provide the necessary protection for civilians, as well as rejecting the policies of forced displacement of the population of the Strip.

Minister Shoukry and the UN official agreed to continue consultations over the coming days to coordinate efforts in order to mitigate the humanitarian repercussions of the crisis on the residents of the Gaza Strip.

30/10/2023

Shoukry speaks with Czech Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has called for an immediate truce in the Gaza Strip, pointing out to the risks of Israeli expansion of its ground operations in the enclave.

This came in a phone call that Shoukry received from Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský on the escalations in the Palestinian enclave.

Shoukry necessitated rallying international efforts to guarantee the sustainable delivery of aid supplies to the Palestinian brethren.

Shoukry received from Australian Foreign Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry exchanged with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong assessments of ways to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

That was in a phone call where the Egyptian minister urged the safe, full, and sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid to the strip.




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