FM – Egyptian Initiative Will Not Be Amended

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Egypt has no plans to amend the Egyptian ceasefire initiative out of its conviction that the initiative is complete and satisfies the main goal of safeguarding the Palestinian people against bloodshed as a result of the Israeli aggression.

Visiting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced support for efforts exerted by Egypt and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to put an end to fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Ban described talks held with Shoukry to put an end to the worsening situation as “fruitful”.

Ban said his visit is meant to support diplomatic efforts exerted by Egypt over the situation in the Gaza Strip.

The UN chief noted that women and children are paying the price of the fighting in Gaza, urging all parties to ensure a ceasefire.

For his part, Shoukry praised the UN role to maintain international peace and promote development efforts worldwide along with its efforts in the field of disarmament.

Shoukry also praised the UN chief’s role in various fields, mainly the Palestinian cause with the aim of reaching a solution to the Palestinian issue and achieving the aspirations of the Palestinians.

Ban’s visit is meant to tackle the Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip in order to protect the Palestinian people and stop fighting in Gaza, Shoukry said.

Shoukry voiced hope that such efforts could achieve the desired success.

Ban called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.

He called for putting forward a plan to help the Palestinian people in Gaza.

He pointed out that the Israeli people seek to take shelter from rockets and hostilities, calling for searching for a lasting solution for the fighting.

Asked about the Israeli massacre that took place in the Gaza Strip’s Shuja’iyya district, Ban said more than 60 persons were killed in the district, stressing the necessity to stop violence and engage into negotiations.

Commenting on a siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, Ban said that the UN demanded the Israeli authorities to lift restrictions on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

“The UN is working to provide humanitarian aid and establish schools and educational and health facilities for the Palestinians in Gaza.”

For his part, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry underlined the importance of Rafah crossing for Egypt and the Palestinian people.

He noted that Egypt’s ceasefire initiative includes a clear provision about automatically opening crossings in the Gaza Strip after enforcing a ceasefire between both sides.

Source : Egypt State Information Service