Egypt’s Permanent Delegate to the UN Osama Abdel Khalek has warned against continued attempts to judaize East Jerusalem, noting that Israeli attempts to change the legal and historical status of the holy sites sound an alarm on a more serious escalation and an infringement of the holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.
Addressing the UN Security Council Session, Abdel Khaleq said “Egypt condemns the storming of Israeli occupation forces to Al Aqsa Mosque and the acts of violence against Palestinian people in the courtyards of the holy mosque,” calling on all parties to exercise self-restraint and providing full protection to Muslim worshipers to perform their prayers at the mosque.
Egypt’s envoy affirmed that Egypt is exerting all-out efforts with regional and international partners to provide the appropriate atmosphere to resume negotiations between the two sides in accordance with international terms of reference, the Arab peace initiative and the two- state solution based on the 4th of June, 1967 borders.
Egypt renewed its affirmation on the necessity of liberating all Arab territories occupied by Israel in 1967 and that the full commitment to implementing the international legitimacy resolutions and the UN Charter based on respecting the full sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states and non-interference in their domestic affairs are the only means to achieve security, stability, peace in the Middle East region.
On the regional level, the UN delegate said Cairo would continue backing all efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement to the Yemeni crisis and welcomes the establishment of a presidential council in Yemen to resume the transitional phase.
He also said Egypt condemns all terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Abdel Khalek went on to say that Egypt is closely following the latest developments in Libya and backs all efforts to realize stability and holding the postponed parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible, noting that Cairo hosted in April last year a meeting for the Libyan Constitutional Track Committee under the sponsorship of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).