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Sisi to Macron: Cairo's categorical rejection of displacements of Palestinians to Egypt enjoys int'l consensus

Saturday، 17 February 2024 - 11:38 PM

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reiterated in a telephone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday 17/02/2024 Cairo's "categorical rejection of the displacement of Palestinians to Egypt in any shape or form," stressing that this position "enjoys full international consensus."

During the call, French President Macron affirmed France’s support for the Egyptian stance against any forcible displacement of the Palestinian people, according to a statement released by the Egyptian Presidency. 

El-Sisi and Macron reviewed ongoing efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a prisoner swap, and delivering humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in Gaza.

The two leaders agreed on the need for the concerned parties to cooperate to ensure progress that leads to "a stop to the bloodshed and alleviation of the current human suffering in the Gaza Strip," added the statement.

They also discussed advancing the track of the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State as the only path to realize real security and sustainable stability in the region.

Earlier on Friday, the French leader said “recognizing a Palestinian state is not a taboo” for France after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Paris.

On Thursday, Macron expressed France’s “firm opposition” to an Israeli offensive in the southern f city of Rafah, in a telephone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Macron told Netanyahu: "It could only lead to a humanitarian disaster of a new magnitude" and create a new risk of regional escalation, according to a statement from the presidential Elysee palace.

The French leader stressed to the Israeli prime minister that a ceasefire agreement should be reached "without further delay," adding such a deal should "guarantee the protection of all civilians and the massive inflow of emergency aid."

The two presidents also concurred on the catastrophic humanitarian repercussions on nearly 1.5 million displaced Palestinians sheltering in Rafah from any Israeli military escalation in the southernmost governorate of the strip near the Egypt-Gaza border, according to the Egyptian Presidency.

Accordingly, El-Sisi and Macron agreed on the urgency of a ceasefire in Gaza to prevent an expansion of the conflict on the regional level.

Ahramonline

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