EU Chief Discusses Gaza Humanitarian Crisis with Egyptian President

Sat Nov 18 2023
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CAIRO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen voiced her opposition to the “forced displacement of innocent Palestinians” from Gaza Strip by Israeli forces amidst ongoing brutal bombardments and ground invasion.

During a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo, Von der Leyen expressed gratitude to Egypt for its pivotal role in providing and facilitating humanitarian aid to vulnerable Palestinians, particularly amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The discussions between the two leaders focused on addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and exploring a political horizon based on a two-state solution. This dialogue takes place against the backdrop of Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip. The conflict has resulted in significant casualties, including thousands of deaths of innocent Palestinians, and has intensified the already dire situation in Gaza.

Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Von der Leyen’s visit also extended to North Sinai, where she participated in the arrival of a European Union humanitarian convoy. The visit included an inspection of the Rafah border crossing and an engagement with wounded Palestinians in North Sinai. International aid has been channeled through the Rafah crossing, the only entry point to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

During her last visit to Egypt in 2022, von der Leyen witnessed the signing of a deal between Israel and Egypt for natural gas supply to Europe. The strategic importance of Egypt, its large population, and its energy potential were highlighted as opportunities for cooperation, especially in the realm of energy and hydrogen production.

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