Sisi, Ban, Kerry Discuss Efforts to Reach Gaza Ceasefire

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received on Tuesday 2272014 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who is currently visiting Cairo.

Sisi and Ban discussed efforts to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Egyptian initiative in this regard.

In the same vein, Sisi received US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis.

For his part, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said on Tuesday 2272014 that Kerry’s visit to Egypt and the region is important and crucial in light of efforts exerted to reach a ceasefire on Gaza.

At a press conference held at the presidential headquarters in Heliopolis after Kerry’s talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Shoukri hailed the American administration’s efforts to support the Egyptian initiative, pointing out that both Egypt and the US agreed on the necessity of pushing Israel and Hamas to approve the Egyptian ceasefire initiative which ensure a response to the demands of all parties to the conflict.

He called on the two parties to respond to initiative in a bid to lift the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza and allow relief efforts.

The Egyptian top diplomat voiced appreciation for the US aid worth $ 47 million in humanitarian relief to Gaza.

He also welcomed US condemnation of Farafra attack which claimed the lives of 22 Egyptian border guards. The minister also highlighted the need for consolidating efforts in confronting terror which threatens world peace and security.

Kerry, for his part, expressed thanks for the Egyptian efforts along with the US, UN and parties concerned to reach a ceasefire in Gaza.

The US top diplomat also voiced thanks for President Sisi and his Foreign Minister on their time in the talks that did not only cover Gaza crisis, but also covered terror-combat, the situation in Libya and the region.

MENA

Source : Egypt State Information Service