20 November 2018 04:28 PM

FM: Egypt totally rejects Jewish nation-state law

Wednesday، 12 September 2018 - 03:37 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted on Tuesday 11/9/2018 that Egypt categorically rejects the so-called Jewish nation-state law, passed by the Israeli Knesset on July 19, as it comes as part of Israeli attempts to entrench its occupation of the Palestinian territories and obstruct the resumption of the Middle East peace talks.

The Palestinian cause is going through a critical juncture because of the Israeli settlement policy in the West Bank and Al Quds, in addition to ongoing Israeli violations against Islamic and and Christian holy places, Shoukry said.

Those Israeli provocative acts undermine the two-state solution and threaten the region stability, he warned.

Delivering a speech at the 150th session of the Arab League ministerial council, Shoukry said that Egypt has repeatedly warned of dangerous repercussions of any unilateral attempt to change the legal status of Al Quds on the Middle East peace process, as well as the region's security and stability.

Cairo backs the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to establish an independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, he added.

Egypt will continue efforts to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation, in addition to helping remove obstacles to the UNRWA, the minister underlined.

Also, he shed light on efforts recently exerted by Egypt to uproot terrorism, either through the military confrontation led by the Egyptian Armed Forces in the ongoing Sinai 2018 operation, or the intellectual confrontation to eradicate the extremist thought.

Egypt will not tolerate all those who were involved in supporting or inciting terrorism or sought to intervene in Arab states' internal affairs, Shoukry noted.

He thanked Arab states that stood by Egypt's endeavors at regional and international forums to adopt resolutions for strengthening the international counter-terrorism system.

He stressed the importance of activating cooperation among Arab states to develop a unified and coherent vision to counter terrorism, as well as enacting the Arab League decisions and relevant international resolutions.

As for the Syrian crisis, Shoukry called on UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to set up a committee for drawing up a new constitution for the country, as a precursor to the resumption of the political negotiations on the basis of the UNSC resolution no. 2254.

He said that it is not longer acceptable to see the current stalemate in the Syrian peace process.

With regard to the Libyan crisis, Shoukry went on to say that it is no longer acceptable for Libya to become another scene for external intervention and an incubator environment for terrorist organizations.

On that score, he called for adopting a clear Arab position that shows the commitment of all Arab countries to preserve the unity and stability of Libya and the safety of its national institutions, in addition to rejecting all forms of foreign interference into Libyan affairs.

Cairo will go ahead with its efforts to unite the Libyan military institution for being the corner stone that could help push forward the peace process.

He urged all Libyan parties to end the current political polarization and uphold the country's national interest.

Concerning the Yemeni crisis, Shoukry pointed to the intransigence of the Houthi group and its refusal to engage in political negotiations and respond to the UN special envoy's endeavors to put an end to the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe facing the Yemeni people.

Egypt supports the UN special envoy efforts to reach a political settlement to the Yemeni crisis, based on the UNSC resolution no. 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcome of the national dialogue, the minister said.


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