Egyptian Foreign Minister Urges France to Implement UN Security Council Resolution on Gaza

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, has emphatically reaffirmed Egypt's firm rejection of any measures or statements encouraging the departure of Palestinians from their territories. 

During a telephone call with Catherine Colonna, the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Shoukry urged the cessation of irresponsible and provocative statements frequently issued by some Israeli officials on this matter.

The international community, major powers, and the United Nations have consistently rejected these statements, as stated by Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two ministers extensively discussed the developments related to the Gaza crisis amid tragic humanitarian conditions. They exchanged evaluations regarding the required international efforts to ensure the continuous and sufficient access of humanitarian aid to the region.

In this context, Shoukry stressed the imperative need for the full implementation of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2720. This resolution entails the establishment of a UN-sponsored mechanism to expedite and monitor the process of delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. Shoukry urged his French counterpart to work, during her country's presidency of the Security Council in January, on overseeing the resolution's implementation and ensuring the achievement of its goals and objectives.

Abu Zeid revealed that Shoukry and Colonna's discussions also touched upon developments in Lebanon and the increasing threats to navigation in the Red Sea. They warned of the significant risks associated with scenarios expanding the conflict, posing a threat to the overall stability of the region and international peace and security.

In this context, Shoukry emphasized the international community's responsibility to support achieving a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in Gaza to end the dire humanitarian situation faced by the Palestinian brothers. He also stressed the need to halt the increasing Israeli violence and violations in the West Bank.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister highlighted that the prolonged current crisis and the continued failure to stop Israeli violations of international law pose risks that threaten the international community's future dealing with the Palestinian issue. Additionally, it may expand the circle of violence, leading the region into an unpredictable adventure with severe consequences.

The two ministers agreed to continue consultations in the coming period regarding the necessary measures to contain the crisis in Gaza and mitigate its repercussions.

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