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The Egyptian Foreign Minister and his Iranian counterpart discuss developments in the Gaza Strip crisis

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Minister Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received a phone call today, Sunday, from Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, as stated by Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, the official spokesman and Director of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The call dealt with the course of Egyptian-Iranian relations following the meeting that took place between the two ministers in the Swiss city of Geneva last month, where they discussed various issues related to the bilateral relationship, with both parties affirming their commitment to the principles of mutual respect and good neighbourliness, working to achieve the interests of the Egyptian and Iranian peoples, and supporting stability of the region.

The call dealt extensively with the developments of the Gaza Strip crisis in light of the continuing Israeli attacks and the deterioration of the tragic humanitarian conditions to which the Palestinian people are exposed in the Strip, where it was agreed upon the highest priority of a ceasefire and ending the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, and the necessity of Israel’s commitment to implementing the two Security Council resolutions. Numbers 2720 and 2728.

The two ministers also stressed their rejection of all scenarios aimed at displacing Palestinians outside the Gaza Strip, and their rejection and opposition to any ground military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah.
The two sides also agreed on the necessity of ensuring full and continuous access of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, Israel removing obstacles that prevent this, and adhering to the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed during the call Egypt’s deep concern about the expansion of the conflict in the region, especially in the southern Red Sea region, and its serious effects on navigation and the flow of international trade in this important international artery.

Shukri warned of the dangerous consequences that this might have on the stability of the region and on international peace and security, stressing at the same time that the expansion of its scope and scope of the conflict negatively affects regional and international efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

At the end of the call, the two ministers agreed to continue consultations on the course of bilateral relations between the two countries during the coming period to restore them to normal, and to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in the Gaza Strip and confront the challenges associated with it.

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