The US Ambassador to Cairo: The Rafah crossing must be reopened as soon as possible

By Manal El Warraky

U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg, USAID/Egypt Mission Director Sean Jones, and a delegation of representatives from U.S. Embassy Cairo visited Al Arish and Rafah as part of a continuous effort to engage with partners in the region.

The visit included meetings with North Sinai Governor General Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, a visit to an Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) humanitarian assistance warehouse and meeting with ERC and UN representatives, as well as a brief stop at the Rafah Border Crossing.

During her interactions with General Shousha as well as with ERC and UN representatives, Ambassador Mustafa Garg reiterated President Biden’s conviction that aid flowing to Gaza is not enough, and we must urgently expand the amount of assistance flowing through all available routes as well as within Gaza to reach the most vulnerable Palestinians, including by reopening the Rafah Border Crossing as soon as possible.

Ambassador Mustafa Garg also articulated the United States’ gratitude to Egypt for its essential leadership role in facilitating increased humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Ambassador reaffirmed the United States’ rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza and its commitment to working with Egypt to advance peace and regional stability, including through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with security guarantees for Israel.

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