Egyptian President: A Palestinian state must be established, even if it is demilitarized


On Friday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed the importance of establishing a Palestinian state, expressing his readiness for it to be “demilitarized and with guarantees of the presence of European or American UN forces.”

This came in a joint press conference held by the Egyptian President in Cairo with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez (whose country holds the European Union presidency) and his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo (the next presidency), to discuss developments in the situation in the Gaza Strip, according to what was reported by the official Egyptian News Agency.

Al-Sisi said: “There must be a Palestinian state on the June 4 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, side by side with Israel,” according to the same source.

He added: “We are ready for this state to be demilitarized, and for there to be guarantees of the presence of forces, whether from NATO, the United Nations, or Arab or American forces, so that we can achieve security for both states, the nascent Palestinian state and the Israeli state.”

The Egyptian President stressed “the necessity of recognizing the Palestinian state by the international community and bringing it into the United Nations.”

He stressed that “the idea of ​​reviving the path of the two-state solution has been exhausted over the course of 30 years and has not achieved much. This issue must be dealt with realistically and objectively until we find a solution that ends the pain.”

He said, “There were 5 rounds of the (Palestinian-Israeli) conflict that took place during the past 17 to 20 years, during which nearly 27,000 Palestinians were killed, most of whom were women and children.”

Regarding the humanitarian truce that began in Gaza through Qatari, Egyptian, and American efforts, Al-Sisi added: “We are talking about a temporary truce for a period of 4 or 5 days, and we hope that it will increase by handing over more hostages and prisoners held by Hamas, and also bringing in more humanitarian aid to support 2.3 million people.” In the sector.”

Today, Friday, 13 Israelis are scheduled to be released from Gaza through the Rafah crossing, with Israel releasing in parallel 39 Palestinians from Israeli prisons.
The prisoners will be released in batches over a period of 4 days, to include 50 Israelis and 150 Palestinians, all of whom are women and children from both sides.

Hamas has about 239 Israelis whom it captured last October 7, during an attack it carried out on the “Gaza envelope” settlements, while Israel detains in its prisons about 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, including 200 children, 78 women, and hundreds of sick and wounded people.

Al-Sisi stressed “the importance of providing safe places in the center, north, and south of the Gaza Strip that allow the livelihood and presence of people who lost their homes,” noting that at least 40 to 50 thousand homes were completely destroyed, and more than 70 to 100 thousand homes were damaged in one way or another.

He stressed that “Egypt will not allow and will not accept the forced displacement of Palestinians or the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, and there is an American international consensus in this regard.”

On October 13, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry rejected the Israeli army’s call for the residents of Gaza to move from the north to the southern regions adjacent to the Egyptian border, followed on November 14 by a rejection by Cairo, similar to the statement of Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, to absorb the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. In countries of the world.

Source: Sawa Agency


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