Egypt, France call for ceasefire in Gaza

On Sunday, Egypt and France called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, warning that developments in the area risked worsening the situation and turning into a wider conflict.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made the statement during a press conference with his French counterpart Stéphane Segournet in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Shukri also called for setting a deadline for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, while emphasizing the rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

Regarding the results of the discussions between the two ministers, Shukri said, “We stressed the importance of the ceasefire in Gaza and the entry of aid into the Strip.” “We reaffirm Egypt's rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip,” he said.

Shukri further said, “The Palestinian issue should be dealt with through a comprehensive political framework, and a deadline should be set for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”

For her part, Sigourney said her country rejects any displacement of residents of the Gaza Strip, stressing that the Strip should be part of a future Palestinian state.

The French minister said the situation in Gaza is tragic and there is an urgent need to increase humanitarian assistance.

Sigourney expressed her concern about the rising tensions in the Red Sea region.

In light of the agreement of the two countries' positions on the need to activate and prevent the escalation of the scope of the conflict, the French Minister expressed his commitment to coordinate approaches and efforts with Egypt towards a permanent ceasefire and prisoner exchange. Emphasized the curiosity of the country. State solution as the basis for a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue and restoring security and stability in the Middle East.

Later, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the French Foreign Minister praised Egypt's intensified efforts with various partners to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and implement humanitarian assistance to end the humanitarian tragedy being suffered by the people of the Strip. Discussed.

In a tweet on the X website, Sigourney said, “During my meeting with President Sisi, I reiterated my commitment to resuming the humanitarian ceasefire and two-state political solution in Gaza.”

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